There’s nothing better than being on a sailboat, floating out on the ocean, and looking at all the natural beauty.
And everything looks much more beautiful with a rum runner in my hand.
For those who don’t know the backstory, I live in San Diego fulltime but spend two to three months per year in Aruba.
When I’m there, sunset sails are a favorite activity.
My five year old probably loves them more than my husband or I do and begs us wanting to know when we’re going again.
And the views aren’t too shabby.
The only thing better than watching her jam out is sitting back with a rum runner in hand.
I love these things so much. And they go down so fast. Too fast.
Especially in the heat.
On our last sailing adventure, I made sure to ask the bartender what’s in them and makes them so good. He gave me the drink recipe and told me the secret ingredient that makes their version so special. It’s amaretto.
Of course there are a million versions and drink recipes for rum runners and really, any time you start combining rum and juice, you’re in for good times, but this is the version I adore. Plus, I have a thing for amaretto. An amaretto sour was the first drink I ever ordered in a bar, extra cherries please.
I know that rum runners in the middle of January may not be on your mind, but I recommend changing that.
They’ll help take your mind off the winter doldrums and send you on your own little vacation in no time flat. Without even leaving home.
It’s an easy drink to make. One part Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, one part Barcadi Light Rum or another light rum and on the sunset sails they use the cheapest stuff possible to ensure maximum headache the next day; one part Malibu Rum, and one part Disaronno Amaretto
Pour the booze over ice and add four parts (or more or less based on your tastes) pineapple juice, or a combination of pineapple and orange juice, or pineapple-mango juice.
I prefer it shaken rather than stirred. You can either add a generous drizzle of grenadine to the mixture before giving it a shake; or after. After gives a prettier visual appearance because the grenadine disperses slowly and it looks all swirly and pretty. But I think it tastes better when it’s all shaken together.
If you were counting, that’s a four-shot drink. I recommend using a half-filled shot glass of each type liquor, so the final drink ends up being a two-shot drink. Unless you have an exceptional liver or have had a very bad day, then feel free to make this red gem as bold as you wish.
It’s fruity and tropical but not in a strawberry daiquiri doesn’t-do-much kind of way. It packs a punch that definitely can sneak up on you.
Don’t forget to garnish with a cherry. Or four. I love maraschino cherries.
The best kinds are the ones baked into Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Cookies or the ones at the bottom of a drink that have been marinating and soaking up all the good stuff.
Normally I don’t eat the food I’m photographing immediately when I’m done with it. After manhandling it and playing with it for an hour, I’m not usually that interested and need a break from it.
However this, I was very interested in this.
I love drinking rum runners when I'm on vacation and this recipe comes straight from the bartender on the last sunset sailboat cruise I was on. The secret ingredient is amaretto and makes a tropical and fruity drink even better. They go down fast and easy and pack a punch. They'll put you in the vacation spirit in no time.
1 part Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 part Barcardi Light Rum
1 part Malibu Rum
1 part Disaronno Amaretto
4 parts pineapple juice, or more/less to taste (or a combination of pineapple & orange juice, or pineapple & mango juice)
grenadine, drizzled generously
maraschino cherries or orange wedges for garnishing, optional
In a glass over ice, add 1 part Captain Morgan, 1 part Barcadi, 1 part Malibu, and 1 part Disaronno Amaretto. For me, 1 part equals half of one average-sized shot glass, making this a two-shot drink.
Add two to four parts juice to taste, and either shake or stir, but I prefer it shaken. You can either add a generous drizzle of grenadine to the mixture before shaking; or after. After gives a prettier visual appearance because the grenadine disperses slowly and it looks pretty, but I prefer the taste when it's shaken together with the rest. Garnish and serve immediately.
Recipe is intended for those whom can safely, responsibly, and legally enjoy alcohol.
Related Rum-Themed Food & Fun Drinks:
Malibu Rum Fruit Loops Treats – A blend of rum, marshmallows, and Fruit Loops. Cereal bar treats for adults with white chocolate and sprinkles
Dark Rum Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Rum-soaked raisins are woven into the moistest, softest, most tender oatmeal cookies I’ve had
Pina Colada Dip (vegan, GF) – Make in 5 minutes and if you like coconut, pineapple, cream cheese, and sweeter dips, this is the ticket. Rum optional but recommended
No Bake Rum Cake Balls (vegan, GF) – Make in 5 minutes
Bananas Foster Shooters (vegan, GF) – A drinkable version of one of my favorite desserts
Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch (Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, No Sugar Added) – Coconut water is rehydrating, replenishing, and helps prevent hangovers
Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria – An easy way to bring tropical flavors to a party and stretch the alcohol
Here was our month in Aruba in August and here was our month most recently in December in case you’d like to gaze at turquoise water, plenty of no-bake bars, and white chocolate desserts, both of which I make in abundance when I’m there.
Do you have a favorite vacation drink? Or a favorite drink recipe?
Feel free to share. They come in handy for parties. Or bad days.
Happy Weekend, one day early, and hopefully the ocean pictures brightened up those long winter days.