This Rum Runner Drink Recipe Is a Classic You Need to Know

It’s basically the Floridian version of a Long Island Iced Tea!

Need a taste of vacation without, well, a vacation? This rum runner drink recipe has you covered. Featuring four types of liquor—plus fresh fruit juice—this drink isn’t for the faint of heart. But after just one sip you’ll take a trip to the tropics. 

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What’s the History of the Rum Runner Drink?

Supposedly, the drink originated in Islamorada, Florida at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar. The cocktail was invented as a means of using up excess liquor before new inventory arrived. It was such a hit that the drink is still on the bar’s menu today!

As for that catchy name, legend has it that the drink is named after actual “Rum Runners” who transported alcohol during Prohibition. Rum was sourced in the Bahamas, then smuggled into Florida speakeasies by boat.

What is the Rum Runner Drink Recipe?

This recipe comes to us from Taste of Home Field Editor and Florida native, Shawn Barto. It’s a simple recipe that packs a major punch!

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1 oz. blackberry liqueur
  • 1 oz. banana liqueur
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Ice
  • Optional garnish: orange slice, pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry

Step 1: Mix Ingredients

Combine all ingredients (except for the garnish) in a cocktail shaker. Then, vigorously shake the mixture to combine all of the ingredients.

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Step 2: Pour Over Ice

Fill a pint glass with fresh ice. Next, pour the drink mixture over the ice. If desired, garnish with an orange slice, pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.