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Friday 5 o’Clock Cocktail – Rum Runner

Ready for some liquor trivia? During Prohibition in the United States, people used to take small boats out into the ocean and meet up with larger vessels that brought Rum up from the carribean. The boats that brought the rum were called Rum Runners, and they would park just past the 3 mile limit in order to avoid “Empirial Entaglements”.

The most famous Rum Runner was a man named William McCoy who was one of the few smugglers who didn’t water down his booze. As a result, word quickly spread up and down the east coast that if you wanted quality product, you could always find it at McCoy’s boat.

McCoy’s operation ended when the Coast Guard intercepted his vessel and a firefight ensued. The coast guard sank McCoy’s ship, but his position in liquor lore is secure.

Today, when anyone tells you something is the “Real McCoy”, you know it’s a sign of quality. And that’s where the term came from.

How to Make a Rum Runner:

  • 1 1/2 oz Coconut Rum (Malibu Rum works well)
  • 3 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz Blackberry Brandy
  • 3 oz Orange Juice
  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice

Mix all ingredients in a tall glass with ice and serve.

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March 7, 2008 Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , , | 1 Comment