Bennigan’s Paddy O’ Punch Cocktail

For those of you who have been wondering what the bartenders at Bennigan’s use to make the famous Paddy O’ Punch cocktail, search no more!

homemade Bennigan's Paddy 'O Punch cocktail on a round wood coaster

Bennigan’s drinks are always better when drunk in good company. The Paddy O’Punch cocktail is a wonderful way for you and your friends to celebrate any occasion, even if it is nothing more than the chance to spend a little time together. This tropical rum-based recipe is among the most infamous fish bowl drinks on Benningan’s menu for its fruity taste that belies its potent kick. So, the next time you want to have a good time with a few friends, mix one up but remember Paddy O’Punch is deceptively strong.

Drinks in a Fish Bowl?

Everyone has heard the phrase “to drink like a fish,” but what’s up with serving drinks in a fish bowl? While hosts traditionally serve punch in large serving bowls, the Tiki pop culture reinvented the simple punch bowl with more theatrical ones like the Scorpion Bowl, the Gremlin Bowl, and the Volcano Bowl. We may never know when the first person drank from a fish bowl, but around the same time as Tiki’s culture’s popularity, misguided youths thought it was fun to swallow live goldfish. It wouldn’t take much for a tipsy reveler to mix up a drink in one of the now-empty fish bowls laying about.

What’s in a Paddy O’Punch?

  • Malibu Rum. Oh, that white bottle of regret. This coconut-flavored alcohol tastes so amazing and goes down so smoothly that it is easy to overindulge. At just a 21 percent alcohol content, Malibu Rum is not technically a rum. It is a liqueur, but who will technicalities get in the way of a good time? If you can find Malibu near you, try using Calypso Rum Coconut.
  • Midori Melon Liqueur. Between the vivid green color and curved glass of the bottle, Midori Melon Liqueur sure looks pretty behind the bar. It is also pretty darn nice to sip with its sweet (yet hard to place) melon flavor and lower alcohol content. Midori can run on the expensive side, so you may want to try Mr. Boston Melon or Bols Melon as less expensive alternatives.
  • Blue Curacao. Blue Curacao is a liqueur with a slight citrus flavor that tastes a bit like Triple Sec. While you can find brands of Blue Curacao that are up to 40 percent alcohol, the liqueur’s primary purpose in this cocktail is to add a blue color. There are many brands of Blue Curacao at different price points, so ask at your local liquor store. Just be sure to pronounce the name correctly. It’s “cure-ah-sal,” not “cure-ah-cow”.

Getting the Most From Your Fish Bowl Drinks

  • Throw in a few Swedish fish for fun. No one wants to revive goldfish swallowing, but the gummy candies look great and are a booze-soaked treat once the drink is dry. If you are already taking it this far, why not add a layer of candy Nerds on the bottom as gravel.
  • Use plastic fish bowls. Bad things can happen when you mix alcohol and awkward glass drinking vessels. Save a trip to the emergency room and go with plastic bowls.
  • Use extra-long straws so you don’t have to bend over to take a sip. Oh, and if you intend to share thedrink, have a few colors handy, so everyone gets their own.

Check out some other Bennigan’s cocktails on YouTube!

Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Malibu or other white rum
  • Midori melon liqueur
  • Blue Curacao
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Sour Mix
Bennigan's Paddy 'O Punch cocktail ingredients

Cocktail Garnish

  • Pineapple slices
  • Orange slices
  • Cherries

How to Make Bennigan’s Paddy ‘O Punch Cocktail

  1. Fill a large, fishbowl-shaped glass with ice.
  2. Pour rum into the glass.
    pouring rum into a glass
  3. Add Midori.
    pouring Midori melon liqueur into a glass
  4. Add blue curacao.
    pouring blue curacao into a glass
  5. Add pineapple juice.
    pouring pineapple juice into a glass
  6. Add sour mix.
    pouring sour mix into a glass
  7. Stir to combine.
    stirring a homemade Bennigan's Paddy 'O Punch cocktail
  8. Garnish with pineapple slices, orange slices, and cherries.
homemade Bennigan's Paddy 'O Punch cocktail with orange slices and cherries

Recipe Tips

Use sword cocktail skewers for the garnish.

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homemade Bennigan's Paddy 'O Punch cocktail on a round wood coaster

Bennigan’s Paddy O’ Punch Cocktail

Make this favorite Bennigan's drink at home.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail, Paddy ‘O Punch Cocktail, Rum
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 780kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 ounces Malibu Rum
  • 2 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 2 ounces Blue Curacao
  • 7 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 7 ounces Sour Mix

Cocktail Garnish

  • 5 orange slices
  • 2 pineapple slices
  • 3 maraschino cherries

Instructions

  • Fill a large fishbowl-shaped glass with ice.
  • Pour rum into the glass.
  • Add Midori.
  • Add Blue Curacao.
  • Add pineapple juice.
  • Add sour mix.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Garnish with orange slices, pineapple slices, and cherries.

Notes

Use sword cocktail skewers for the garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 780kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin C: 19.9mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Thanks to April_Kitty for this recipe.

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Melissa Waldron

    5 stars
    This recipe sounds amazing! I work as a bartender at a local restaurant and even though this isn’t on the required drink menu, I get customers sometimes who just want me to make them something special. Definitely keeping this one in mind. 🙂
    I love to cook also and have a cooking blog in which I post my personal recipes which are mainly healthy with emphasis on taste and satisfaction. Please come check it out! If you have a cooking blog, too, please post it in my blog comments!

    xoxo,
    Corner Girl
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  2. Carol

    Does anyone have the recipe for Bennigans’ Bellini. No one else’s compares to theirs. Boy do we miss having a Benigans’ Restaurant in the area.

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