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Rum Runner

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Posted: 05/14/22

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This Rum Runner is the perfect combination of fruity and refreshing with a boozy kick. Made with fruit juices and two types of rum, it is the ultimate tropical drink. You will be perfectly content kicking your feet up with this Rum Runner in hand.

three glasses of Rum Runner with ice, garnished with fresh pineapple wedge, a cherry, and a straw

Dating back to the 1950s at a Tiki Bar in Florida, the Rum Runner has been a rum cocktail enjoyed by vacationers and homebodies alike. There are many variations on the popular Rum Runner, including the addition of coconut rum and a variety of fruit juices, but we’ve found this one to be our favorite. We love how making tropical drinks at home can make any day feel like a vacation!

Rum Runner Ingredients

The ingredient list for a Rum Runner isn’t the shortest, but is well worth it. With one ounce of each ingredient, once your ingredients are gathered it comes together quickly and is an easy recipe to remember.

  • 1 ounce Light Rum
  • 1 ounce Dark Rum
  • 1 ounce Banana liqueur
  • 1 ounce Blackberry Liqueur, such as Creme De Mure.
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
three glasses of Rum Runner with ice, garnished with fresh pineapple wedge and a cherry

How to Make a Rum Runner

Here is an overview of how this cocktail comes together. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full recipe including all measurements.

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into the shaker.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into an ice-filled glass.
  5. Garnish and enjoy!

Make Rum Runners for a crowd!

Add 3/4 cup (or 6 ounces) of light rum, dark rum, banana liqueur, blackberry liqueur, and pineapple juice to a pitcher. Then add just shy of 1/2 grenadine and stir to combine. Serve in hurricane glasses over ice. This creates 6 cocktails.

man's hand pouring cocktail shaker of Rum Runner ingredients into a glass with ice surrounded by fresh pineapple, oranges, and a cherry

Why is it called a Rum Runner

The rum forward cocktail is said to have been created as a way to use a surplus of rum before new inventory arrived and is named after the actual “Rum Runners” who inhabited the Florida Keys. Similar to bootleggers during the prohibition, they smuggled alcohol.

three glasses of Rum Runner with ice, garnished with fresh pineapple wedge, a cherry, and a straw

Other Tropical Drinks

three glasses of Rum Runner with ice, garnished with fresh pineapple wedge, a cherry, and a straw
5 from 2 votes

Rum Runner

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Rum Runner is the perfect combination of fruity and refreshing with a boozy kick. Made with fruit juices and liqueurs and two types of rum, it is the ultimate tropical drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Light Rum
  • 1 ounce Dark Rum
  • 1 ounce Banana liqueur
  • 1 ounce Blackberry Liqueur
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine

Instructions

  • Fill a shaker with ice.
  • Pour all the ingredients into the shaker.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain into an ice filled glass.
  • Garnish and enjoy!
Author: Nathan Longley
Course: Drinks
three glasses of Rum Runner with ice, garnished with fresh pineapple wedge, a cherry, and a straw

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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