Islamorada Eats – Tiki Sips

Tiki Bar Sips | milemarker 84

   If you’re looking for an open-air, tiki-style sip (and who isn’t?), a trip to the “world famous” Tiki Bar at the Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina at Holiday Isle—purportedly the home of the first rum runner—is a must. As the story goes, in the 1950s, when confronted with an overstock of booze, the bar owner challenged the aptly named bartender “Tiki” John to create a cocktail. Armed with banana liqueur, Meyers Rum, brandy and grenadine, the first rum runner was born. The cocktail has defined the Keys’ lackadaisical island lifestyle ever since.

Tiki Bar - Hiliday Isle - Home of the Rum Runner cocktail

   The famed Tiki Bar is the perfect place to kick back and order a rum-heavy libation. Large and airy, the oceanside resort and bars overlook Whale Harbor, a busy outlet for fisherman. Rum Runners Island Bar, a tad younger than the original Tiki, was created much in the same vein, standing at the edge of land on a white sand beach. Resembling the Swiss Family Robinson’s treehouse, the multistory, thatched-roofed booze barn is a great retreat for happy hour,

Rum Runners Bar - Holiday Isle

For those who might be hanging poolside/beachside at another resort but still want to partake in the Rum Runner fun, here is the Tiki Bar’s recipe for the original:


The Original Rum Runner

  • 7/8 oz. blackberry brandy
  • 7/8 oz. banana liqueur
  • Rum Runner Cocktail - recipe1/2 oz. black rum
  • 1/2 oz. 151 proof rum
  • 5/8 oz. grenadine
  • 1 oz. lime juice

Fill hurricane glass with ice. Add all ingredients but 151; stir. Garnish with an orange slice and float 151 on top.


For a frozen ditty—a little more appropriate for the scorching summer temps in the Keys—try this recipe:

The Rum Runner

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1 oz. banana liqueur
  • 1 oz. blackberry liqueur
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • Splash of grenadine

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with an orange slice. Add a shot of Bacardi 151 as a floater for the truly adventurous.


Location photos courtesy of the Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina at Holiday Isle

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