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The Bacardi Cocktail Recipe

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The Bacardi cocktail is far older than you might first imagine, and it’s actually one of the most delicious versions of a fruity daiquiri you’ll ever encounter. 

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What is Bacardi Cocktail ?

The Bacardi cocktail is essentially a fruity daiquiri, made with white rum, grenadine syrup, and lime juice. But the drink can only be made with Bacardi white rum, as it’s a protected drink and had been since 1936. This goes back to the Prohibition era, when many Americans went to Havana to get their drinks as alcohol was still legal there. Bacardi was the top rum in Havana at the time, and the white version was used in the Bacardi cocktail. 

So once the Prohibition was repealed, American bars started making Bacardi cocktails as well, but they didn’t always use Bacardi white rum. Sometimes it was a random brand, and it didn’t matter as long as the rum was white. Bacardi company noticed this and started several lawsuits, based on the cocktail’s name having their brand name in it. So as of 1936, this cocktail is illegal to name ‘Bacardi cocktail’ unless it uses Bacardi white rum. 

Thankfully we did use Bacardi Carta Blanca Superior, so we can show you how to make your very own cocktail at home. 

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Bacardi Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
Bacardi's twist on a fruity daiquiri.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz Bacardi Carta Blanca
  • 0.25 oz grenadine syrup
  • 0.75 oz lime juice


  • In a shaker combine Bacardi, grenadine, lime, and ice. Shake very well.
  • Strain into chilled coupe glass.


To legally serve this with its name, you need to use Bacardi white rum. Otherwise you can use any white rum, but give it a different name.

When is this drink best ?

Like any rum sipper, I think the Bacardi cocktail works great as a summer cocktail. On the beach, by the pool, or even a random bar in the evening while someone sings karaoke. This cocktail is fun, it’s bright, and it’s here to bring you the best fruity daiquiri you can imagine. 

My thoughts on Bacardi Cocktail

I liked the Bacardi cocktail, as I’m a rum fan and I think everything grenadine touches is amazing. There’s just a bit of grenadine in this, enough to give it color and a bit of sweetness, but this is a daiquiri so there is more lime than syrup here. The tartness in lime works great with the grenadine, and the overall rum note is a great base for these two flavors. 

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If you like Bacardi Cocktail, you might also like…

Raspberry Daiquiri – a daiquiri with raspberry syrup

Blueberry Daiquiri – a daiquiri with blueberry syrup

Strawberry Daiquiri – a daiquiri with strawberry syrup

Pineapple Daiquiri – a daiquiri with pineapple juice

Notes, substitutes, and tips

The recipe calls for 0.25 grenadine syrup, but if you make it at home you could try a variation using grenadine puree in a frozen version of this cocktail. 

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