Rum Runner


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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 garnished with maraschino cherries

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!

Aruba Sailing with Best Rum Runners

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
  • Amaretto 
  • Pineapple juice
  • Grenadine
  • Maraschino cherries or orange wedges, for garnishing
Rum Runner — a fruity and tropical cocktail, but not in a strawberry daiquiri doesn't-do-much kind of way. This delicious Rum Runner recipe (complete with my secret ingredient!) packs a punch that can sneak up on you!

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:

  1. Add 1 part of each of the rums and 1 part of the amaretto into a glass filled with ice.
  2. Add 4 parts pineapple juice to the glass, followed by the grenadine. 
  3. Shake or stir the Rum Runner to combine the ingredients, then garnish with orange wedges and/or maraschino cherries. So simple, right? 

Measuring Tip

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! 

Rum Runner — a fruity and tropical cocktail, but not in a strawberry daiquiri doesn't-do-much kind of way. This delicious Rum Runner recipe (complete with my secret ingredient!) packs a punch that can sneak up on you!

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. 

Rum Runner — a fruity and tropical cocktail, but not in a strawberry daiquiri doesn't-do-much kind of way. This delicious Rum Runner recipe (complete with my secret ingredient!) packs a punch that can sneak up on you!

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! 

Rum Runner — a fruity and tropical cocktail, but not in a strawberry daiquiri doesn't-do-much kind of way. This delicious Rum Runner recipe (complete with my secret ingredient!) packs a punch that can sneak up on you!

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4.42 from 12 votes

Rum Runner

By Averie Sunshine
This Rum Runner recipe makes a fruity and tropical cocktail. Three types of rum make up this cocktail, plus my secret ingredient!
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
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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.


*For me, 1 part equals half of an average-sized shot glass, making this a two shot drink.


Serving: 1, Calories: 1124kcal, Carbohydrates: 170g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 29mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 131g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 4 stars
    Pretty good. 1 part = 1 shot (1.5 oz). Definitely stronger than I’ve gotten at the bar.

  2. I generally don’t leave comments but your rum runner sounds super yummy! Would like to suggest one addition that would kick it up a tiny notch. It is called a cherry bomb and boy is it good.
    One jar of maraschino cherries with stems on. One bottle of fireball liquor (cinnamon flavor and hot). Drain the liquid from the cherries–save to flavor other drinks if desired. Replace/fill the jar of cherries with the fireball liquor. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before garnishing drinks with them. The longer they sit the more cinnamon flavor/heat they acquire. When you garnish a drink with them they impart a very subtle cinnamon flavor to the drink.