Learn How to Make the Original Bacardi Cocktail

The Original Bacardi Cocktail - Easy Rum Cocktail Recipes
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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
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If you're looking for a drink to pour some Bacardi rum into, few recipes are as fitting as the original Bacardi cocktail. It's an excellent classic drink that's a little sweet and a little sour and designed for this specific brand of rum.

The Bacardi cocktail happens to be one of the earliest examples of really good liquor advertising campaigns. In fact, in 1936 the New York Supreme Court ruled that an authentic Bacardi cocktail (even beyond this recipe) had to be made with Bacardi Rum. Nonetheless, this is a fun drink and it's pretty good, too.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Sour Mix Option

Sour mix is often used in bars instead of the lemon or lime juice, but fresh juice always makes a better drink. If you want to go that route, it's easy to make your own sour mix. However, it's really not necessary here because the grenadine adds a perfect amount of sweetness.

Bacardi's Success

The rum brand that is Bacardi is, without a doubt, one of the largest and best-known in the world. It's been that way for a long time.

The company was founded in 1862 in Santiago de Cuba and by the 1930s they were producing rum in Puerto Rico and Mexico. During the Cuban Revolution, led by Fidel Castro, in the 1960s, Bacardi left Cuba entirely and it's no longer sold in the country. That move helped spur it into the realm of a truly global brand.

Over the years, Bacardi became a household name in rum. It still is often used to refer to rum in general. It's had many devoted and well-known fans and has been used to create a number of famous cocktails. 

During Prohibition, for example, many Americans ventured to Cuba to enjoy the adult beverages they couldn't get in the U.S. Among them was the legendary writer, Ernest Hemingway. He was such a fan of rum, and daiquiris in general, that he has his own cocktail, the Hemingway daiquiri. It's said that Bacardi was his favorite rum.

More "Bacardi" Cocktails

Other cocktails, including the mojito, original daiquiri, and Cuba libre all have a connection to the Bacardi brand. Some stories attribute the rum to the original creation of these drinks and that's highly likely. After all, it was just as prevalent then as it today, and it's feasible that the bartenders picked up a bottle of Bacardi when they first poured these now-classic drinks.

The 1936 lawsuit did not affect the Bacardi cocktail alone. It actually stretches to any drink in which a customer calls out Bacardi by name.

To protect its intellectual property and image, it is required by law that bartenders must serve a cocktail with this brand of rum anytime a drinker asks for one. So, if you order a Bacardi mojito, that is what you should get. It's interesting though because good bartenders will always pour the brands their patrons ask for.

Explore a few more of Bacardi's signature cocktails: