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. 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.

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  12. Sounds so good, I will have to try!!! I have a ton of amaretto just sitting here waiting. When you mention Malibu rum, do you mean the coconut rum? How do you get so lucky as to spend so much time in Aruba? Lol were all pea green with envy!!!

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  15. there is a bar here on cape cod called “rum runners”
    i don’t drink but i LOVE cooking with rum and cognac

  16. After the long week I’ve had, I could use one or three of these! Fortunately for me, my bar contains all of the ingredients you’ve listed above, so….I think I know how I’ll be spending my Saturday evening! :-) LOVE the addition of the Amaretto.

    • You have a better stocked bar that I was. Get this, I walked to the corner (urban) liquor store at 11am the morning I photographed this recipe. I was buying all this booze along side some interesting characters in the middle of the day :) Enjoy the drink & LMK if you try it!

  17. It’s no wonder we get along so well, amaretto sours were (sometimes still are!) my beverage of choice- before discovering the mojito. Okay, so I kind of like all the girly, sweet cocktails. :D

    This rum runner recipe sounds perfect. Amaretto will always have a special place in my heart.

  18. After i read the recipe, i thought it sounded more like a mai tai drink, so i googled it. A rum runner has blackberry and banana liqueurs in it. A Mai tai has two types of rum and pine apple orange juice, almond syrup (which amaretto is a sweet almond liqueur, so you could use that instead for more umph), and a splash of grenadine.

    • Interesting! Well, hey, I wrote down what the bartender told me and what he poured in my cup and whatever name it has…it sure tastes good! It doesn’t taste like a mai tai though. I do love mai tai’s and this doesn’t taste like one. Similar, but not exactly. I’ll have to pick his brain on my next trip there.

  19. I have never had a rum runner… but I do love me some rum… and I do have some classy travel size bottles that I need to make use of ;) Im seeing one of these bad boys in my near future.

  20. I need a rum runner today. It is five degrees where I am on the coast of Maine today. Triple ick.
    My favorite drink to make at home is a mojito, with lots of fresh mint and lime, a sprinkle of sugar, a shot of rum and bit of seltzer to top it off. But if I’m out, I tend to order a frozen margarita or a drink I don’t have ingredients to make at home.

  21. The beach and crystal clear blue water sounds amazing right now. It has been thirty five and below in Seattle the past couple of days. Since, I cant afraid a plane ticket this drink will do. Maybe, Ill get drunk enough to imagine I am somewhere warm.

  22. I actually never drink alcohol and that is ONLY because I just feel terribly if I do. But, my hubby likes to have his drinks every now and again and I bet he would enjoy this. I think that ANY drink on that gorgeous water and on a sailboat would be fantastic! :-)

  23. Oh my gosh I want to jump into those pictures! Gorgeous!

  24. tequila. i am so a tequila girl. the beaches are killing me. i am in freezin’ cold WI.

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