The Perfect Rum Runner

published Jun 8, 2022
Rum Runner Recipe

This classic rum cocktail is sweet, pleasantly sour, and super refreshing.

Serves1

Prep5 minutes

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Two Rum Runner's (a drink consisting of rum, banana liqueur, and grenadine) that is bright reddish pink, in ornate glasses. There is a pineapple garnish on the rim and a glass toothpick with two blackberries balanced across the top of the glasses, and more pineapple slices on the side.
Credit: Maria Do

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A rum runner is a tropical cocktail that packs a punch. The fruity drink is made with two types of rum (dark and white), banana and blackberry liqueurs, fruit juices, and grenadine. If you are craving a boozy tropical cocktail, this rum runner is for you! 

Don’t let the ingredient list deter you from making this fun cocktail. While there are more components than your average tropical drink, all the measurements are either 1 ounce or 1/2 ounce to keep assembly simple. 

What Is a Rum Runner Made Of?

While tropical cocktail recipes often vary, rum runners are commonly made with the following ingredients: 

  • Dark rum
  • Light rum
  • Blackberry liqueur
  • Banana liqueur
  • Orange or lime juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Grenadine
Credit: Maria Do

Why Is It Called a Rum Runner?

The rum runner was created in the 1950s at a Florida tiki bar that had a surplus of rum and liqueurs. To move inventory, the owner John Ebert concocted a cocktail recipe that featured two types of rum and liqueurs. He named the drink after smugglers historically called “rum runners” who would sneak alcohol into the Florida Keys during the Prohibition period. 

How to Serve Rum Runners

Rum runners are commonly served in Hurricane glasses (shaped like a vase) with fruit garnishes such as blackberries, pineapple wedges, or orange slices that indicate the fruit flavors in the cocktail. 

Rum Runner Recipe

This classic rum cocktail is sweet, pleasantly sour, and super refreshing.

Prep time 5 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 cups

    crushed ice, divided

  • 1 ounce

    dark rum

  • 1 ounce

    white rum

  • 1 ounce

    pineapple juice

  • 1 ounce

    freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1/2 ounce

    banana liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce

    blackberry liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce

    blackberry liqueur

  • 1

    pineapple wedge, for garnish

  • 2

    blackberries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail glass with 1 cup of the crushed ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with the remaining 1 cup crushed ice, 1 ounce dark rum, 1 ounce white rum, 1 ounce pineapple juice, 1 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce banana liqueur, 1/2 ounce blackberry liqueur, and 1/2 ounce grenadine. Seal the shaker and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds.

  2. Pour through a strainer into the ice-filled glass. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple and 2 blackberries.

Recipe Notes

Lime juice substitute: Some recipes use orange juice instead of lime for the citrus, so feel free to use either depending on your preference! Lime contributes a more tart flavor while orange is sweeter.