No. 04<P>Bacardi Cocktail

The Original

Fill the shaker half full of broken ice and add: 2/3 Bacardi rum, the juice of half a lime, sugar syrup according to taste. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

The Story


The Bacardi cocktail? TO our cocktail guide KNUT, the bacardi cocktail is the original daiquiri recipe. Yes, It is all very confusing... 

The First Daiquiri Recipe From The Bacardi Archives


(There is no need to rehash the history of the daiquiri, which you can read here.)

The Bacardi Cocktail -VS - The Daiquiri

This might be a little confusing so I am going to take a moment to explain... In Knut W. Sudin's Two-Hundred Selected Drinks book the author calls the recipe for The Bacardi Cocktail what most people call a Daiquiri, and what even Bacardi supports as a recipe for The Bacardi Cocktail, Knut calls a Daiquiri. Don't ask me... but if you are looking for a great Daiquiri recipe you can find that labeled as a Bacardi Cocktail below. And if you are looking for a great Bacardi Cocktail (that even Bacardi likes to call the Bacardi Cocktail) you can find that here labeled as a Daiquiri.

I'll just chalk this up to an editing mistake made in 1930s.

Bacardi  Rum & the New York Supreme Court

The Bacardi Cocktail (this recipe labeled as a Daiquiri- not the one below) became increasingly popular after prohibition. So popular that in 1936 the New York Supreme Court decreed that the cocktail could only be made with Bacardi rum. They did this as a way to protect consumers.

"How?" you may ask.

Every time you order a "Bacardi and Soda" or a "Crown and Coke" or a "Bacardi Cocktail" or, if you are under the age of 24, a "Jaeger Bomb" you are ensured by the New York Supreme Court that you will receive the alcohol you specified. If not - it is considered fraud. Court Justice John L. Walsh wrote: “Beyond a reasonable doubt subterfuge and a fraud is subjected on the purchaser when Bacardi rum is left out of a drink listed as a Bacardi cocktail.”

Modern Bacardi Cocktail

1½ oz. Bacardi
1 oz. Lime Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup


Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and properly diluted. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel.


J.B. is the founder of 200 Drinks. He spends most of his day working as a design leader at a large technology company but finds time in his schedule to enjoy a drink and write about it. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, son and pup.