This Rum Runner Cocktail will give you all the warm island vibes! Packed with rum, fruit liqueurs and tropical juices, this fruity cocktail is fun, refreshing and perfect for relaxing or summer parties!
Update: This post was originally published in July 2015. I made updates to the post below to include more information about this classic tiki cocktail!
Happy Sunday Funday y’all! Do you guys get excited for Sundays or sad, because tomorrow is back to real life and back to reality with the hustle and grind of the work week?
Personally, I love and embrace Sundays. Brunch, endless mimosa cocktails and make your own bloody Mary bars, followed by pajamas, maybe some baking, a movie session, possibly a nap, and most definitely a lot of R & R at home. I mean, what’s not to love about Sunday?!
And, Sunday is made all the better if there is a fruity drink involved somewhere in all that relaxing fun! Am I right, or am I right? Enter a classic tiki cocktail MADE for summer FUN!
Rum Runner Cocktail recipe
If you have been a long time reader of this blog, you know I love a good recipe twist. However, this cocktail isn’t a riff on the traditional Rum Runner. It stays pretty true to the classic Island drink. Mostly because, if something ain’t broke why fix it?
However, if you search the internet you will find that there are literally hundreds of different renditions of this fruity libation. There are a million and one ways to make Rum Runner punch – from the amount of rum, to the type of fruit juices and quantity of grenadine.
I chose to keep this recipe pretty close to the classic. I did play around with the quantities and amounts of rums, liqueurs and fruit juices until I created a libation with a good amount of rum bite to tropical vibes. But, as always, I highly encourage you to adjust the measurements to suit your own taste buds!
How to customize a Rum Runner Cocktail
- If you want a weaker cocktail, decrease the amount of both rums from 1 ounce to 1/2 ounce each.
- If you want a drink with a more fruit forward taste, increase the amount of orange juice and pineapple juice from 1 ounce to 1 1/2 or 2 ounces each.
- For a tarter cocktail, increase the lime juice to 1 ounce.
- Can’t find banana liqueur? Skip it or make your own by combining sliced bananas with white rum (allow the mixture to soak at least overnight).
What is a rum runner? Where was the rum runner invented?
A rum runner is a tropical, fruity cocktail made up of rum and various fruit.
The tropical rum cocktail was invented at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in Islamorada, Florida in the late 1950’s. The rum cocktail was named after the actual “rum runners” that inhabited the Florida Keys.
What is in a rum runner? What is a rum runner made of?
The exact ingredients and amount of each ingredient in a rum runner can greatly vary depending on the recipe.
However, most recipes include rum, banana liqueur, and grenadine. Other ingredients that can be incorporated include – coconut rum, blackberry liqueur, pineapple juice and orange juice.
How to make the best rum runner?
To make the best rum runner recipe, make sure you alter the ingredients to suit your individual taste!
If you want to make a strong cocktail, try adding a shot of Bacardi 151 to the top of the cocktail as a floater!
To make an authentic rum runner, be sure to serve it in a hurricane glass!
How to make rum runner on the rocks?
To make a rum runner on the rocks, combine rum with liqueurs, fruit juices and a splash of grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Stir the ingredients together. Pour the cocktail into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh fruit and enjoy!
How to make rum runner frozen?
To make a frozen rum runner, fill a blender with ice, rum, liqueurs, fruit juices and a splash of grenadine. Blend on high until cocktail is combined and smooth. Pour the tiki cocktail into a glass and garnish with fresh fruit. Enjoy!Grab your shaker, pour yourself a tall one and join me in relaxing this summer with this classic tropical rum cocktail!
The best Tropical Rum Cocktail recipe👇
- Cocktail Shaker or Jar with Tight Fitting Lid
- 1 oz Spiced Rum
- 1 oz White Rum
- 1/2 oz Crème de Banana Liqueur
- 1/2 oz Blackberry Liqueur (or Crème de Cassis)
- 1 oz Orange Juice
- 1 oz Pineapple Juice
- ½ oz Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Grenadine
Optional Garnish: Maraschino Cherries, Orange Slices, Lime Slices, Pineapple Wedges
- Add all ingredients to a shaker. Fill with ice.
- Shake vigorously and strain into a glass filled with ice.
- Garnish as desired. Enjoy!
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