Rum Runner

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!

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! 

For those of you who don’t know the backstory, I live in San Diego full time but spend two to three months per year in Aruba. When I’m there, sunset sailing is 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.

An open bar filled with as many virgin Pina Coladas and Shirley Temples as she can drink while dancing to hot tracks like Kokomo and the Macarena is her idea of perfect.

And the views aren’t too shabby either! 

The only thing better than watching her jam out is sitting back with a Rum Runner in hand. I love this Rum Runner drink so much. And they go down so fast. Too fast. Especially in the heat.

Aruba Sailing with Best Rum Runners

What’s in a Rum Runner? 

On our last 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.

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.

The rest of the Rum Runner ingredients you’ll need for this easy cocktail recipe are: 

  • Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • Bacardi Light Rum
  • Malibu Rum
  • Disaronno Amaretto 
  • Pineapple juice
  • Grenadine
  • Maraschino cherries or orange wedges, for garnishing

Rum Runner Ingredients

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 I like to make mine by adding one part of each of the rums and one part of the amaretto into a glass filled with ice. Add four 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! 

Rum Runner with Ice

Tips for the Best Rum Runner

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. 

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. 

Lastly, this 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. 

How to Make a Rum Runner

More Easy Cocktail Recipes: 

  • Tropical Strawberry Lemonade Party Punch — This Tropical Alcoholic Punchis one of my all-time favorite party drinks! Feel free to leave the alcohol out if desired, this punch tastes delicious with out without it!
  • Tequila Sunrise — Not only is it pretty to look at, but a Tequila Sunrise is also refreshing, nostalgic, and the grenadine sweetens it up enough that you may not even notice it packs quite a punch!
  • All-Natural Homemade Margaritas — Nothing fake, neon green, and no sugary chemicals! This is the best homemade margarita recipe I’ve tried and it’s the easiest!
  • Pineapple Strawberry Lemonade Sangria — This is the perfect thirst quencher and it goes down very easily. Grilling brings out the natural sugars in the pineapple in a wonderfully sweet way that works so well in the sangria.
  • Malibu Sunset — A fun, fruity, easy Malibu drink recipe!! Because there’s really no wrong way to do pineapple, orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine, and cherries!
Rum Runner

Rum Runner

This Rum Runner recipe makes a fruity and tropical cocktail. Three types of rum make up this cocktail, plus my secret ingredient!

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 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


  1. In a glass over ice, add the three types of rum and the amaretto.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1124Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 170gFiber: 5gSugar: 131gProtein: 5g

Even More Boozy Recipes: 

Rum Cake – A double dose of rum in this EASY cake that’s supremely moist, buttery, and literally juicy from all the rum!! The perfect make-ahead holiday entertaining cake that everyone will LOVE!!

Cabernet Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache — Rich chocolate cake spiked with Cabernet and topped with a silky ganache that also has Cabernet in it! Divine, amazing, MAKE THIS CAKE!

Honey Maple Beer Bread — This is some of the best bread I’ve ever made, and it’s definitely the easiest. No yeast, no-knead, no fuss.


75 comments on “Rum Runner”

  1. Oh yes, I do have a favorite vacation drink, it’s Brazilian… :) I want to dive into that water for a change! I need vacations, and I need one of your drinks, and Brazilian one too. :)

  2. Averie,
    I need a rum runner, a beach towel, and a front row seat to that amazing view! This girl needs a little sunshine right now!

  3. All of your photos are gorgeous and the drink looks delicious!

  4. Those pictures are stunning! Wish I was there. I have never had a rum runner and I haven’t had a drink at all in awhile. I think a trip to the party store is in order. I’ll be making it with half shots though, I’m a bit of a lightweight. BTW, I made Rice Krispies treats in my 8 inch pan like you suggest and they were fantastic! Thanks for the tip.

  5. Oh gosh, amaretto. I need to get me a bottle of that.

  6. Amaretto is magic, I used to LOVE it when I drank. It was a requirement at any party!

  7. Oh my goodness. I so want to be in that blue…that looks like a drink of I’d like to take a big gulp of! Okay, not really, but the sky, sand and sea looks heavenly!

  8. I am not much of a fancy mixed drink person ( more red wine kind of gal :) ) but this sounds amazing. And I don’t mind a bit a little trip to Aruba in the middle of January. Even if only in my mind! Gorgeous, Averie!

  9. My favorite vacation drink is anything with rum in it! Your Aruba pictures are just gorgeous. I was there with the family in 2006. We loved it. Have to try to get back there soon ….

  10. That looks wonderful, can’t wait to make this for my next get together with my neighbor. I live in Rancho Cucamonga and it has been chilly lately, this is just the thing to warm things up!

  11. Posting these photos in January is just mean… :-)

    In the Bahamas, we drink Goombays: light rum, dark rum, coconut rum, and apricot brandy, with a bit of pineapple juice. SO good. SO dangerous. :-)

  12. Ooh, I love the addition of amaretto!! So pretty, and I can definitely see how they go down too fast!

  13. I need one of these asap! I’m dreaming of a warm beach in the tropics – one of these may just transport me there for a few blissful moments!

  14. i LOVE rum runners! I haven’t had one in ages. And I don’t think I’ve ever made one for myself. My kitchen “bar” (if you can call it that) consists of vodka, tequila, and margarita mix. Sometimes wine, but mostly margarita. I want to be on a yacht right now – far, far away. It’s dull, crappy, dark, and gloomy outside in Baltimore. Just “sad” looking. This would bring some pep in my step. And one too many would have me on the floor but I’m not complaining. I love fruity cocktails!! PS: I forgot about your pina colada dip. heavenly. amazing. must make.

    • The day that I made these, I realized that I didn’t have any of the alcohol on hand except the Captain. So I went to the corner liquor store at 11am and bought all these pint-ish size bottles. I was in line with some real characters in an urban corner liquor store at 11am. But I’m stocked up now and at the rate I drink at home, I probably will be well supplied for like 5 years. Lol These types of drinks are just so much better on a sailboat!

  15. You’ve TOTALLY got me wanting to run back to Aruba. Those views are amazing. And yes, I could see how these rum runners would go down really fast! haha.

  16. A four-shot drink? Me likey!
    PS. Gorgeous photos – they make me long for a beach and beautiful clear waters!

  17. I went somewhere lovely in my head looking at the photos included in this post. I wish I could stay there and sip one of these cocktails. I’ve never actually had a Rum Runner but something tells me that’s about to change…

  18. I am DEFINITELY on board with this.

  19. I am not much of drinker, but right now in Australia the beach is the place to be and this drink will be perfect. Spice, coconut and almond reminds me of Queensland coast. Could this combination work with a black raspberry liquor or other fruity liqour?

  20. Oh man, talk about a headache induce the next day ;-) My husband likes spiced rums. I like them more in a daiquiri. There was this one drink I loved (too much) called the krechma (sp?). Tasted like chocolate covered cherries. Let’s just say it’s a table-top inducing type of thing b/c it goes down way too easily.

  21. Ohhhhhh. Amaretto! That does snazz things up. I really dig an amaretto sour… this Rum Runner makes me want BEACH. Your photos are so gorgeous, by the way. That is the bluest blue I have ever ever ever seen.

  22. My favorite vacation drink is probably sangria or an amaretto sour. I’ve never had a rum runner but pineapple juice, amaretto and rum sounds good together..and it’s a fun vehicle for maraschino cherries! I’m a lightweight with alcohol, so I’ll have to do a little downsizing on the rum amounts. My husband teases me about my low tolerance and says I don’t “train enough”. I am loving those Aruba photos (and the brightly colored drinks and goodies) right now–I think have the winter blahs and its not even Feb. yet! I have only been able to run ouside twice since Christmas and am already feeling like a little hamster running on my treadmill or in circles on the indoor track.

    • The worst part of winter in the midwest (or anywhere) is that outdoor fitness is next to impossible or very challenging and me and the treadmill are not friends. Even in San Diego, it’s been very chilly the past few weeks. In the 30s at night which is really cold for here! I used to ‘train enough’ but that all changed after becoming a mom. There’s just no time for the downtown/recovery after all that ‘training’ :) I am a total lightweight these days too!

  23. What a beautiful drink!!! I’ve never had a rum runner, but this sounds utterly divine. Love the amaretto! Now if I could just get a sunset cruise on the side… :)

  24. Four parts booze to four parts pineapple?! Either I won’t be doing any running after this (maybe it’d be a ‘Rum Sleeper’ for me!) or the second glass would take significantly longer than three minutes prep time! And uou should post more Ariba photos, it’s such a stunning location :).

    • Well everything is to taste. You know how it is when you’re mixing a drink. You pour the booze in, top off with a splash of this or that, to taste, and enjoy. It’s hard when writing drink recipes to put an actual value to it, since everyone is different and there’s the water-down effect with the ice. But yes, it is fruity, but strong :) Or water it down with more juice. No rules here!

  25. Oooooooh, golly I want to use my fancy luxardo cherries and make this! Amaretto makes things amazing. I just need the spiced and malibu rum.
    My favorite drink of the moment is probably still the Sazerac:

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