The Rum Runner, a fruity mixture of rums, liqueurs and juices, can be traced back to 1950s Florida, created by ‘Tiki John’ from the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar. Apparently, during one shift, the bar had an excess of rum and other liqueurs, and as a new delivery was on its way, he had to find a way to get rid of the overstock. To this end he created the Rum Runner cocktail to sell to tourists.
The name came from the daring ‘rum-runners’ of the prohibition era, who traded illegal rum on the Florida coasts.
Now, having too much rum sounds like a pretty good problem to me, but if you do find yourself in that situation, here’s the solution:
Rum Runner (Makes 2)
- 35ml Lambs Navy Rum
- 35ml Havana Club 3 Year Old
- 20ml Creme de Bananes
- 20ml Creme de Mure
- 20ml Grenadine
- 100ml Orange Juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker, 2/3 filled with ice. Shake until a frost forms on the outside, and then strain into glasses over more ice. Classically you would use a hurricane glass, but if you don’t have these (or don’t want such a large drink) wine glasses will work fine (as shown). For a variation, you can add all ingredients plus ice into a blender, and serve as a frozen drink.
Too sweet? Not boozy enough? Cut back on the grenadine, and add a float of overproof rum to the top of the drink. (Warning – it’s one of those drinks that doesn’t taste as strong as it is, so take it easy!)
The Rum Runner is an easy drink to make up in bulk, as doesn’t require any careful prep, which means it is ideal to serve at a party when you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen!
However you drink your rum this weekend, remember to enjoy (responsibly)! x