Rum Runner in Destin, FL

Rum Runner History & Recipe

Here at the beautiful, beachfront Sea Oats Motel in sunny Destin Florida

One of our favorite ways to kick back after a long day on the shore or fishing from the back of a boat, is under the golden sky of the setting sun, enjoying the gulf breezes and a delicious, Florida inspired cocktail, the legendary Rum Runner!

As the story goes, Rum Runners were invented in the late 1950’s at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in Islamorada, Florida. Supposedly, the bar had an excess of rum and certain liqueurs that needed to be moved before the arrival of more inventory. A very tasty concoction was developed using the excess alcohol and voila! The Rum Runner!

They named the drink after the real “Rum Runners” that inhabited the Florida Keys in the early days! As with all great recipes, whether food or drink, changes are made as they are passed along. 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 and still call it a rum runner! The following recipe is a tried and true favorite among rum drinkers! Try a “Rum Runner” at your next get together!

The Rum Runner Recipe!


  • Two cups ice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz blackberry liqueur
  • 1 oz banana liqueur1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz dark rum or aged rum
  • Splash grenadine

Optional: one ounce of Bacardi 151 to float on top
Orange slice

To make by the gallon use 24oz of each ingredient

To Mix:

Blended: 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!

For more tips, recipes and ideas for your visit to Destin, Florida, be sure to make your next reservation at the lovely Sea Oats Motel, an original beachfront favorite for families visiting the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast.

Ideal for the more laidback traveler, the Sea Oats Motel is perfectly situated on Old Highway 98, away from the crowds, yet only a moment away from all the outstanding shopping, dining, and attractions that make our home so amazing. Each of our suites are designed to be your home away from home while visiting our beautiful beaches. Fine furnishings, spacious living areas, sumptuous beds dressed in fresh linens, and large, modern bathrooms will ease your mind and your body.

Not only is the Sea Oats Motel conveniently located just steps from the beach or all the great dining, shopping and entertainment the city offers, but our amenities and service are so outstanding that you may never want to leave.

Your family will love lounging around our beautiful, heated pools, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and fragrant blooms, all overlooking endless stretches of private beaches. Our beach services are sure to delight everyone as we arrange time for your family to enjoy our jet skis, paddle boards and parasailing or simply set up some beach chairs with umbrellas and a good book recommendation.

At the Sea Oats Motel in sunny Destin Florida, there’s always something fun to do. So come see what fall has in store for your family on the pristine beaches of the Emerald Coast, call today to learn more or to book your stay! 833-803-3320

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