How to Make a Rum Runner

This cocktail is a doozy. A tropical, fruit-packed, sugar-jammed doozy. It’s inelegant, sure. But it’s rum! And juice! And tiki! If nothing else, it’s very fun, and it’ll use up some of the more random bottles you have stashed in the bar cart and juices in the back of the fridge.

Like summertime cocktails before it—think the Daiquiri and the Margarita—the Rum Runner sometimes manifests as a frozen slush drink. If that sounds good to you, get out the blender. But our preferred build is shaking all the ingredients and then serving them over ice, with a fun topper or two. (Umbrella garnishes!) Enjoy.

A Little Background

Rum running used to be a dangerous trade. Mere weeks after Prohibition went into effect in 1920, sailors and boat-owners started smuggling rum and other spirits into the country via its many waterways, dodging law enforcement to keep the drinks flowing covertly at speakeasies in the States, managed by mob bosses like Al Capone. Thousands of rum runners were arrested and thrown in jail. Soon enough, though, the feds realized there was no separating Americans from their alcohol, and repealed Prohibition in 1933.

The allure of rum-running, bootlegging, and speakeasy-drinking lasted for decades after, though, as evidenced by the Rum Runner cocktail. The Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in the Florida Keys claims to have invented the Rum Runner back in 1972—it still serves the “world famous original” drink, and its recipe calls for blackberry brandy instead of liqueur. Nearly 100 years after rum (and all booze) was outlawed, the Rum Runner is considered a classic tiki drink.

If You Like This, Try These

We’re not so far off from a Zombie cocktail here; same idea, except that the Zombie has even more rums, and pineapple and papaya juice. And fire, if you’re daring. The Hurricane is another fruity rum drink with tropical vibes, albeit far less ingredient-intensive. Try your hand at a Mai Tai. Or, take it down a notch (or five) with rum drinks like a Daiquiri, a Dark and Stormy, or a Mojito.

What You Need

Here’s what you need to do a Rum Runner justice, beyond what you might be able to dig out of the fridge or cupboard.

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Source : Esquire