Toast his Memory-Inventor of the "Rum Runner" RIP

Sad to report that the inventor of the world famous boat drink, the “Rum Runner”, Tiki John moved on to another heavenly gig in the sky.

 Rum Runner
 Rum Runners

Back in the late 50’s at the Holiday Isle Resort’s Tiki Bar, located in Islamorada, Florida, Tiki John invented this world famous drink. Local Florida Keys legend has it that the resort was overstocked with rum and other liquors so they had to drink up the excess inventory before a new shipment arrived.  Hence a new drink was born.  They named it after the mafia rum runners who smuggled booze into the United States during the prohibition era.

To toast his memory I gathered up all the proper ingredients for making a “Rum Runner”.


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!

(Speaking of hurricanes, check out this "High Octane Hurricane" drink recipe!)

Beware! With about 4 to 5 oz of alcohol per drink, your actions tonight could make you legendary tomorrow!

And to top of the toast- “A legend never dies” -Jimmy Buffet

Cheers to Tiki John!


No comments: