To understand how to make a proper prohibition-era cocktail, one must first understand the context in which these drinks were created. During prohibition, the trade and transport of alcohol were made illegal, making it difficult for people to get their hands on liquor.
As a result, bootleggers would smuggle cases of kegs and bottles across state lines, dodging law enforcement to disseminate their wares to speakeasies across the country.
This dangerous task was colloquially known as rum-running, which is also the namesake for this classic tropical cocktail. The Rum Runner cocktail is a simple mix of rum, liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine.
However, don't let its simplicity fool you—this drink packs a flavorful punch. The bold taste of rum is tempered by the sweetness of the pineapple juice, while the lime juice adds a touch of tartness and gives the drink its beautiful golden color.
Whether you're looking for a delicious cocktail to enjoy by the pool or want to transport yourself back to the roaring twenties, the Rum Runner cocktail is sure to hit the spot.