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Rum Runner Recipe – Making Key West’s Favorite Drink

How Did The Rum Runner Come to Exist?

Drink a rum runner from the comforts of your own home and Party in Key West has your rum runner recipe for the making of Key West’s favorite drink! Before you make your drink, have you ever wondered how the Key West rum runner came to exist?  The Holiday Inn, which is now the Postcard Inn (in Islamorada, Florida) had overabundance of rum and in stock. The barkeeps made an exceptionally scrumptious creation with this overabundance and There it is!  The Rum Runner was conceived! They named the beverage after the genuine “Rum Runners” that occupied the Florida Keys back in the pirating days.

Make your own Key West Rum Runner at home

This rum runner recipe has been passed along and loved by tourists and locals. Adopted as Key West’s official drink, you will find that a lot of recipes are altered and

key west rum runner recipe
Key West Rum Runner Recipe To Make From Your Own Home!

tweaked by using different amounts of the same ingredients.  Sometimes an ingredient may be substituted or changed and but for the most part, the recipe is what it is… The famous rum runner of the Florida Keys. There only rule is –  alter the ingredients to suit your individual taste, but you can’t change the main ingredients…RUM… or else it’s just not that famous island drink we know and love!

The following recipe is a true Rum Runner recipe. It’s not surprising that the Rum Runner recipe will be one of the most-flavorful, easiest, and favorite cocktails you will make.  Try a “Rum Runner” at your next get together…and of course, enjoy! Click here to Find your Favorite Key West Bar to enjoy your Rum Runner.

Key West Rum Runner Recipe

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Key West Rum Runner is the favorite drink of the island!
Two cups ice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz blackberry liqueur
1 oz banana liqueur
1 oz light rum
1 oz dark rum or aged rum
Splash grenadine
Optional: one ounce of Bacardi 151 to float on top
Orange slice (optional)
To make by the gallon use 24 oz of each ingredient
To Mix:
Fill your blender with the ice.
Add all of the liquid ingredients.
Blend the contents until smooth.
Pour into a Hurricane glass and garnish with an orange slice.
Add the 151 floater!
On the Rocks:  Fill glass with ice. Add the liquid contents. Pour the 151 in the straw or on the top. This is my favorite way to enjoy the Rum Runner. Enjoy!
No Hurricane glass available, no problem. Anything that will hold liquid will work!
Recipe by Editor & Chief Marjorie Spoto

Making Key West’s Favorite Drink, the Rum Runner