In 1852, an earthquake destroyed Don Facundo Bacardi’s Massó’s business. Instead of throwing in the towel, he became determined to craft a rum that would far surpass the local product sold. His hustle produced a rum that was balanced and light, and we can always appreciate a good hustle.
So today on National Rum Day, we pay homage to Don Facundo, the fantastic line of rum, and the many amazing cocktails that can be made with this delicious spirit.
From the early 1900’s when Bacardí pioneered the Cuba Libre in Cuba, when BACARDÍ rum and Coca-Cola were mixed with lime to celebrate the end of the Spanish-American War, right up until today, there are so many fantastic concoctions that are perfect for a sunny day and to help evade the summer hear.
Here are some of our faves that our friends at Bacardí suggested:
CLASSIC BACARDI MAESTRO MOJITO
2oz Gran Reserva Maestro
½ fresh lime cut into quarters
12 fresh mint leaves
2 heaped tsp fine white sugar (Caster sugar)
Method: Place the lime segments in a tall glass. Add the sugar and muddle gently to release the limejuice. Clap the mint in your hands and drop into the glass (do not muddle). Fill the glass to the top with crushed ice. Add Gran Reserva Maestro and soda. Stir well with a bar spoon to release limes and sugar from the bottom. Top up with more crushed ice. Garnish with a healthy bouquet of mint.
2 parts BACARDÍ Maestro
1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. fine white sugar (caster sugar)
Top with soda
Pour the BACARDÍ Maestro, lemon juice and caster sugar into a cocktail shaker with cubes of ice and then give it a good, hard shake. Fine strain the mixture into a serving glass and top it up with soda. Finish by garnishing it with a lemon wheel.
2 parts BACARDÍ Ocho Años
6 mint leaves
2⁄5 part sugar syrup
2 dashes peach bitters
Pour the sugar syrup, bitters and mint into a mixing glass and use the end of a bar spoon to gently press them together. Add ice cubes, pour in the BACARDÍ Ocho Años and give it a good stir. Next, strain into a serving glass with crushed ice using a julep strainer (metal cocktail strainer). Stir again and top up with more crushed ice. Garnish with mint and serve with a napkin wrapped around the glass.
So many differnt types of rum, are you familiar with them all?
DAISY DE SANTIAGO
2 parts BACARDÍ Maestro
3⁄4 part freshly squeezed lime juice
1⁄4 part sugar syrup
11⁄2 parts Yellow Chartreuse
Fresh berries and a mint sprig
Pour the BACARDÍ Superior, freshly squeezed lime juice and sugar syrup into a mixing glass. Then add some ice cubes and stir briefly. Next, fill a wine goblet with crushed ice and pour the liquid from the mixing glass into the goblet. Garnish with mint and seasonal fresh fruit. Finish off by floating the Chartreuse on top.
11⁄2 parts BACARDÍ Ocho Años
11⁄2 parts sugar syrup
11⁄2 parts fresh lime juice
6 mint leaves
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 parts champagne
In a cocktail shaker, place mint leaves, then add the lime juice and syrup. Press the mixture gently into the shaker with your muddler. Next pour in the BACARDÍ Ocho Años, Angostura bitters and ice. Place the lid on the shaker then shake everything well. Strain the mix into a cocktail glass and top it up with champagne. Garnish the drink with mint leaves.
1 part BACARDÍ Limon
3 parts lemonade
Method: To build this signature rum cocktail, pour BACARDÍ Limon and 3 parts lemonade over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge
1 part BACARDÍ Gold
2 parts cola (bottled)
2 lime wedges
Method: To build this legendary cocktail, fill a highball glass with ice. Then squeeze 2 lime wedges over the ice and drop them into the glass. Pour in the BACARDÍ Gold, followed by chilled cola, and give it all a gentle stir.
There you have it, so many amazing drinks all made with delicious rum. So cheers to you, and happy National Rum Day!