Bacardi Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bacardi Cocktail is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century. It was originally created in Cuba and gained popularity in the United States during Prohibition. The cocktail is named after the famous Bacardi rum, which is the main ingredient. This drink is perfect for those who enjoy a fruity, refreshing cocktail with a hint of sophistication.

  • The Bacardi Cocktail was first served in the early 1900s in Havana, Cuba
  • It gained popularity in the United States during Prohibition, as Americans traveled to Cuba to enjoy legal alcohol
  • The cocktail is named after Bacardi rum, which was first produced in 1862 by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó

How Bacardi Cocktail Tastes?

The Bacardi Cocktail has a fruity, sweet, and slightly tart taste. It is well-balanced, with the sweetness of the grenadine and the sourness of the lime juice complementing the smooth, light flavor of the Bacardi rum.

Interesting facts about Bacardi Cocktail

  • The Bacardi Cocktail was once so popular that it was the subject of a court case in 1936, where a judge ruled that a true Bacardi Cocktail must be made with Bacardi rum
  • The Bacardi bat logo is a symbol of good fortune, as bats were seen as a sign of good luck in Cuban and Spanish culture
  • Bacardi rum is made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar production, and is aged in oak barrels to develop its flavor


Bacardi Rum

Why 2 oz?: It's the spirit base of the cocktail, providing the alcoholic backbone and the signature rum flavor. Not enough, and you'll be missing out on the fun; too much, and you might be dancing on the tables a bit earlier than anticipated. Bacardi's clean profile makes it ideal for mixing without overwhelming other flavors.

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Lime Juice

Why 1 oz?: Lime brings a zesty tang to the party, balancing the sweetness of the grenadine and rum with its acidity. Too little lime, and the drink may be cloying; too much, and you'll be puckering more than kissing. Fresh is best — bottled lime juice can be like that friend who doesn't get the hint to leave after the party's over.

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Why 0.5 oz?: It's like the sweet talker of the drink, adding color and a whisper of pomegranate sweetness. Underdo it, and your cocktail may lack its distinctive blush; overdo it, and it's sticky-sweet overkill — not the best impression if you're trying to show off your bartending chops. Real pomegranate grenadine is the difference between a mystery novel and a textbook — one's a treat, and the other's just plain work.

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Maraschino Cherry

Why just 1?: It's the cherry on top — literally. This little garnish adds a touch of elegance and extra sweetness with each sip. Without the cherry, it's like forgetting the final sprinkle of parsley on your meticulously cooked dish — not a disaster, but a missed chance for perfection. Plus, who doesn't love a little edible decor?

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Why?: Ice is the unsung hero. It chills, dilutes, and merges flavors to create a smooth, cohesive sip. No ice equals a warm and concentrated cocktail — fine for some spirits, but here we want a cool, refreshing zephyr in a glass.

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Recipe. How to make Bacardi Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add 2 oz of Bacardi rum, 1 oz of lime juice, and 0.5 oz of grenadine to the shaker
  3. Shake well until chilled and well-mixed
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • Use fresh lime juice for a more vibrant flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker until it's frosty on the outside for a well-chilled drink.

Perfect Pairings


Grilled Shrimp: The acidity and sweetness of the Bacardi Cocktail balance the brininess of seafood splendidly.

Spicy dishes

Buffalo Wings: The cocktail's citrus tones can cut through the heat and complement the tanginess of the wings.


Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, especially creamy varieties like brie or goat cheese, can be offset by the sharpness of the lime and the rum.


Empanadas de Guayaba (Guava pastries): The sweetness of the pastries pairs nicely with the fruity flavor profile of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Bacardi Cocktail

  • Bacardi rum: Can be substituted with any other white rum.
  • Grenadine: Can be replaced with a homemade version using pomegranate juice and sugar.
  • Lime juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be used as a substitute.

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Berry Bacardi

Ingredients: Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice, raspberry syrup, fresh berries for garnish

  1. Replace grenadine with raspberry syrup.
  2. Muddle some fresh raspberries at the bottom of the shaker before adding the other ingredients.
  3. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass.
  4. Garnish with a skewer of fresh berries.

The raspberry gives a tangier, more robust berry profile than the subtle sweetness of grenadine. It’s a jaunt through the berry patch in a glass.

Spicy Bacardi

Ingredients: Bacardi rum, lime juice, grenadine, a splash of hot sauce, a chili garnish

  1. Add a splash of your favorite hot sauce to the shaker with the original ingredients.
  2. Shake it up like a salsa dancer, strain, and pour.
  3. Garnish with a small, whole chili on the rim of the glass.

Adding hot sauce creates a zesty, fiery twist that’ll dance on the tongue and warm the soul, just like a hug from the inside.

Coconut Dream

Ingredients: Coconut rum, lime juice, grenadine, pineapple wedge, and cherry for garnish

  1. Swap out Bacardi rum for coconut rum.
  2. Shake up the coconut rum with lime juice and grenadine as per the usual.
  3. Pour into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry on top.

This twist will transport you to tropical beaches with its creamy coconut flavor kissed by the sweetness of pineapple — it’s a vacation in a sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bacardi Cocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bacardi Cocktail

What other cocktails can I make with Bacardi rum?

In addition to the Bacardi Cocktail, other popular cocktails which use Bacardi rum include the Mojito, Cuba Libre, Pina Colada, and Daiquiri.

I don't have a cocktail shaker. Can I still make this Bacardi Cocktail?

Yes, you absolutely can. Use a mason jar with a lid or even two glasses. One to shake and one to strain.

Whats the right way to store an opened bottle of Bacardi rum?

Rum should be stored upright in a cool, dark place. Unopened, it can last for a very long time. After opening, rum might lose some of its flavor after 1-2 years.

Can I use a different type of glass if I don't have cocktail glasses at home?

Yes, you can pour the cocktail into any glass you have on hand. Though the aesthetic might be somewhat affected, the taste will be just the same.

Is it okay to use bottled lime juice instead of fresh lime juice?

While fresh lime juice is best for cocktail recipes, bottled lime juice can be used as a last resort. It may slightly alter the taste of your cocktail.

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