Consumers can now savour a traditional Jamaican rum punch from the comfort of home.
Jewel Isle Rum Punch is being launched into the UK off-trade in three flavours, Tropical, Pineapple-Ginger and Lemon-Lime. The 7% abv drinks, which are made from authentic Jamaican over-proof white rum blended with fruit juice, will be sold in 200ml bottles (rsp: £1.99 to £3.50) or 750ml (rsp: £7.99).
The creator, Anita Witter, decided to produce the drink after she received numerous compliments from friends about her rum punch recipe.
Her company, Jewel Isle Productions, carried out a trial through bars last October and shortly afterwards she was voted Entrepreneur of the Year by Black Business Initiatives Award.
Witter said it had been hard to meet demand for the product but she has a new bottling contract starting in May.

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