Rum Runner — This delicious Rum Runner recipe packs a punch that can sneak up on you! It’s made with three types of rum, a blend of fruit juices, and my secret ingredient.
Rum Runner Drink Recipe
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!
A Rum Runner is a fruity rum cocktail that everyone loves, even people who don’t normally love rum! I created this easy rum runner recipe after a recent sailing adventure.
I made sure to ask the bartender what’s in his Rum Runner that makes his so good. He gave me the drink recipe and told me the secret ingredient that makes their version so special — it’s amaretto.
Plus, I have a thing for amaretto. An amaretto sour was the first drink I ever ordered in a bar — extra cherries, please!
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!
Ingredients in a Rum Runner
Not sure what’s in a Rum Runner cocktail? The ingredients you’ll need for this rum and amaretto cocktail are:
- Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
- Bacardi Light Rum
- Malibu Rum
- Pineapple juice
- Maraschino cherries or orange wedges, for garnishing
How to Make a Rum Runner
This is one of the easiest cocktails you can make!
Exact Rum Runner ingredient ratios depend on preference, but here’s how I like to make mine:
- Add 1 part of each of the rums and 1 part of the amaretto into a glass filled with ice.
- Add 4 parts pineapple juice to the glass, followed by the grenadine.
- Shake or stir the Rum Runner to combine the ingredients, then garnish with orange wedges and/or maraschino cherries. So simple, right?
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. But feel free to play around with the ratios to suit your own tastes!
Can I Make This Into a Pitcher Cocktail?
Yes! This Rum Runner cocktail recipe is for one drink, but you can easily turn this into a pitcher cocktail.
If you want to serve this to a crowd, I recommend stirring the ingredients together in a large pitcher and pouring it over ice when guests are ready to enjoy their drink.
If you make the pitcher cocktail with the ice in it, your Rum Runners will become diluted as the ice melts. So, add the ice to individual glasses instead!
What’s the Best Rum for a Rum Runner?
I used a blend of three types of rum to make this Rum Runner drink recipe: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Bacardi Light Rum, and Malibu Rum.
Tips for the Best Rum Runner
Pineapple juice: I’ve called for pineapple juice in this cocktail recipe, but mango or orange juice would also work nicely with the rum. Or you could do a combination of fruit juices! This is a flexible recipe, and rum pairs nicely with any tropical juice.
Grenadine: When adding the grenadine, drizzle in a little at a time and taste to see when it’s sweet enough for you. Grenadine can quickly overpower the rum, so I don’t like to add a lot. You want just enough to complement the rum and pineapple juice, and no more.
Garnish: I always garnish my cocktail with orange wedges and maraschino cherries, just because!
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- 1 part Captain Morgan Spiced Rum*
- 1 part Bacardi Light Rum
- 1 part Malibu Rum
- 1 part Disaronno Amaretto
- 4 parts pineapple juice
- Grenadine, drizzled generously
- Maraschino cherries or orange wedges, for garnishing
- In a glass over ice, add the three types of rum and the amaretto.
- Add juice to taste, and shake or stir to combine. At this stage you can add the grenadine as well. For a prettier look, stir in the grenadine (but I actually prefer the taste when the grenadine is shaken in).
- Garnish with maraschino cherries and orange wedges, as desired.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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