Rum Runner, a tiki cocktail hailing from Islamorada, Florida, combines light and dark rum with banana liqueur, blackberry liqueur, and fresh citrus for a sweet, refreshing fruity beverage that tastes like an alcoholic version of fruit punch.
One of my high school friend’s parents always kept a giant unmarked pitcher of adult iced tea in the fridge during the summer.
The first time we poured it we thought it was just regular iced tea. My friend took one sip and immediately spit it out! She wasn’t expecting that flavor, lol. (And they liked their adult beverages strong!)
Along those lines, this drink comes with a warning.
A Rum Runner cocktail is sweet, fruity, and delicious. The best thing I can compare its flavor to is an adult version of fruit punch.
But be forewarned, it packs quite the alcoholic punch! With two types of rum, two types of liqueur, and an optional strong proof rum to float on top, you’ll be floating yourself after drinking one.
If there are under 21-ers in the house, this definitely isn’t the type of drink you want a pitcher of stashed in the fridge!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It tastes like an adult version of fruit punch, sweet, fruity, and delicious.
- Don’t let the fruity flavor fool you – it’s strong!
- It has a tropical vibe that’s perfect for cooling down with on a hot day.
The Best Rum Runner
This drink has a strong, yet well-balanced fruity flavor profile. Use fresh citrus juice for the best flavor!
- Dark rum
- Light rum
- Banana liqueur
- Blackberry liqueur
- Pineapple juice
- Orange juice
- Fresh lime juice
- Crushed ice
- Strong proof rum to float on top (optional)
Step 1: Mix it Up:
Mix together the dark rum, light rum, banana liqueur, blackberry liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and fresh lime juice in a cocktail pitcher.
Step 2: Serve it Over Ice:
Add the crushed ice to a hurricane glass. Pour the drink into the glass.
Step 3: Optional Floating Rum and Garnishes:
If desired, float strong proof rum on top.
Garnish with anything you like.
Rum Runner FAQs
Where is the Rum Runner From?
Why is it Called a Rum Runner?
This drink was named after rum runners in the Florida Keys in the early 1900’s. Similar to bootleggers during Prohibition, rum runners smuggled alcohol, but by water instead of by land.
One of the most famous rum runners was Captain Bill McCoy who smuggled rum from the Bahamas to South Florida. We get the expression “The Real McCoy” from him!
Learn more on Key West Food Tours.
What’s in a Rum Runner?
Rum Runners usually have light rum, dark rum, banana liqueur, blackberry liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine. They also sometimes contain lime juice.
Additionally, you can float strong proof rum on top.
What Type of Cocktail Glass is a Rum Runner Served In?
Rum Runners are usually served in a hurricane glass. This type of glass gets its name from the fact that its shape is similar to a hurricane lamp.
What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane and a Rum Runner?
A Hurricane cocktail contains light rum, dark rum, citrus juice (commonly orange juice and lime juice), passionfruit juice, and sometimes simple syrup and grenadine.
On the other hand, a Rum Runner replaces passionfruit juice with pineapple juice, banana liqueur, and blackberry liqueur.
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Optional Garnish Suggestions:
- Maraschino cherry
- Pineapple wedge
- Orange or lime wheels
- Mix together the dark rum, light rum, banana liqueur, blackberry liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and fresh lime juice in a cocktail pitcher.
- Add the crushed ice to a hurricane glass.
- Pour the drink into the glass.
- If desired, float strong proof rum on top.
- Garnish with anything you like.
- Nutrition Information: The nutritional information for this recipe was calculated without the optional strong proof rum and garnishes.
- For No Pulp: Strain the drink into the serving glass.
- Lime Juice Substitution: If you don’t have fresh limes, you can use fresh lemon juice instead.