Start to Finish: 5 minutesServings: 1Difficulty: Beginner

A classic tiki cocktail, a rum runner may vary according to the barkeep’s recipe, and the fruity juice and liquor you have on hand. The fruity flavors help mask the relatively high alcohol content.

Make rum runners frozen or on the rocks, with fresh or jarred juices. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the quality of the rum, which defines the taste of the drink.


Work with a jigger to make measuring your ounces, 1/2 ounces and 1/4 ounces a snap.


  • 1 ounce gold rum
  • 1/4 ounce blackberry liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce creme de banana liqueur
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon — or a splash — grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • about 1 cup crushed ice


Avoid adding too much ice to the on-the-rocks version. You want it cold, not watered down.

Place all the ingredients in a drink shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into a large cocktail glass. Garnish with a chunk of fresh pineapple or a wedge of orange.

Place all the ingredients except for the dark rum in the jar of a blender. Whir on high until slushy. Pour the drink into a large cocktail glass and float the dark rum on top. Garnish with fresh pineapple or orange slices.

The grenadine makes for a pink-hued drink. If you prefer something more orange in color, use sweet and sour mix instead. For an upscale rum runner, use only white rum, fresh pineapple juice, fresh orange juice and a sugar syrup. This drink will taste stronger and less like versions you may be accustomed to finding at a tiki bar.