Making Key West’s Favorite Drink, the Rum Runner

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Making Key West’s Favorite Drink, the Rum Runner

by Marjorie Spoto
Destination: Key West, Florida                                   

How Did The Rum Runner Come to Exist?

Key WestRumrunner Recipe
Taste of Key West‘s Favorite Drink Even When You’re Not on the Island
Where did it start, you ask? History says the famous drink dates back to the 1950’s. The Story goes that Holiday IsleTiki Bar in Islamorada, Florida(now The Postcard Inn) had an excess of rum and certain liqueurs that needed to be moved before the arrival of inventory. The bartenders created a very tasty concoction with this excess and Viola! The The Rum Runner was born! They named the drink after the real “Rum Runners” that inhabited the Florida Keys in the early days!
As with all great recipes, they are passed along and Key West adapted it as their official drink. Most recipes are altered by using different amounts of the same ingredients.  Sometimes an ingredient may be substituted or changed and the recipe will remain intact.The rules of the recipe are meant to be altered to suit your individual taste, but you can’t change the main ingredients…RUM…and still call it a rum runner!
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.

The Rum Runner Recipe

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 24oz 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! 

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