The only problem with that story is that the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar started serving cocktails from a bar know as the Hapi Hula Hut in 1969 and the original hotel owner had challenged "Tiki John", the bar manager to invented the "Rum Runner" from the excess inventory in 1972 I have to believe that the second version is the real story.
The original recipe hasn't changed much over the years, but there are a few different variants out there. The original was a frozen cocktail, but the more popular one at least in Key West is the "on the rocks" version.
Holiday Isle Tiki Bar Rum Runner
- 1 oz. Light Rum
- 1 oz. Dark Rum
- 1 oz. Banana Liqueur
- 1 oz. Blackberry Brandy
- 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz. Orange Juice
- Splash of Grenadine
I have my own ideas on the subject, but they are not really that different. I think that the frozen version makes the cocktail taste very watered down, then add the fact that I avoid grenadine at all possible means. Here is my version of the cocktail that I serve at the Rum Bar in Key West.
Bahama Bob's Run Runner
- 1 1/2 oz. Dark Rum
- 1 1/2 oz. Light Rum
- 1/2 oz. Banana Liqueur
- 1/2 oz. Blackberry Brandy
- Equal amounts of Orange, Pineapple and Cranberry Juices
Either version is really good, so give one a try and enjoy the "Cocktail of the Keys".