Bacardi Cocktail

A Bacardi Cocktail on the Rocks is a classic and the first cocktail I loved. It’s easy to make, goes down smooth and is perfect for an easy occasion!

Two Bacardi Cocktails in Lowball Glasses with Lime Garnish

According to a story in the Washington Post in 1937, at the end of Prohibition, the Bacardi Cocktail began to unseat the Martini as the most favored cocktail, something most thought could never happen. The Bacardi Cocktail was originally the same as the Daiquiri, containing rum, lime juice, and sugar.

The Grenadine version of the Bacardi Cocktail originated in the US, while the original non-red Bacardi company recipe originated in Cuba. Combining Bacardi rum, lime and Grenadine in a cocktail shaker with ice and shaking until cold seems a precursor to today’s Cosmopolitan…pink, both sweet and tart and certainly trendy.

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A couple of weeks ago I decided to make my own Grenadine syrup using pomegranate juice, sugar and a sliver of orange peel. It has a fabulous flavor and I loved it in this Pomegranate Margarita but I had to go about it differently when making the Grenadine for this cocktail.

Why? That result, using half sugar and half juice was in between pomegranate simple syrup and pomegranate molasses; it was thick and it was leading towards brown after cooking down with some orange added.

Bacardi Cocktail with Lime Garnish

This had to be red (or at least burgundy!) and it was as simple as just preparing the juice like a regular simple syrup, just enough heat to have the sugar melt and then simmer briefly to have it thicken slightly…just enough to barely coat the back of a spoon. It is gorgeous and a far cry from Rose’s Grenadine which might be called Grenadine but is without a single bit of  Grenade (French for pomegranate) in it .

Made with high fructose corn syrup, red dye #40 and a smidgeon of blue dye #1 to up the surreal hue just a bit; it’s flavor is closer to that of cough syrup than pomegranate! This is not that.

This is the perfect combination of sweet and tart and boozy and in my take…just a bit effervescent too! The taste is every bit as improved as the appearance with the homemade grenadine. What is my take? I like a bit of sparkling water added to top it off; not much but the slight fizz only elevates a great, simple cocktail.

Bacardi Cocktail with Lime Wedge Garnish

This time around, so many years later I made it for myself and a very sweet friend that I met on Twitter but bonded with over Starbucks, biscuits and bacon. Sommerset was in town on company business and she was sweet enough to ‘help’ me test this effort. I hope we can do it again soon!

I might have had a moment in college when I tried an underage drinking experiment but the truth is, drinking to excess has never been my thing and worrying about getting into trouble kept me from having too many of those experiences.

So turning 21 was actually a big moment; when I could order a cocktail if out with friends after work or on a date with my boyfriend. I don’t remember exactly the first time I had a Bacardi Cocktail but I do remember is was my favorite drink to order; long before I considered the beauty of making cocktails at home.

Fast forward to my 28th year when I moved with my then husband from St. Louis to Raleigh, NC and to the relative jolt of going out for one of our first meals, ordering a Bacardi Cocktail and finding out about North Carolina’s dry laws.

No cocktails, nope. You could bring a bottle of wine in with you or a bottle of hard liquor and order a mixer for it but the days of ordering a favorite cocktail in a restaurant were over for us.

So, we could drive around with an open bottle of bourbon in the car but could not order a mixed drink at a bar. Today that seems the opposite of good practice if you want to curtail drinking but it stopped me cold. Until I thought about making my own Bacardi Cocktail. Why yes, I can do that!

I bought my first cocktail book, I made these at home and as they say, the rest is history!

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Two Bacardi Cocktails in Lowball Glasses with Lime Garnish
Bacardi Cocktail with Lime Wedge Garnish
Two Bacardi Cocktails in Lowball Glasses with Lime Garnish

Bacardi Cocktail on the Rocks

A wonderfully refreshing cocktail made with rum, lime, and grenadine syrup.
4.84 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Cocktails, Rum
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Cocktails
Calories 228 kcal


For the Grenadine

  • 1 cup Pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vodka

For the Cocktail

  • 4 ½ ounces White Rum
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons Grenadine syrup – depending on how sweet you want them to be.
  • Sparkling Mineral Water optional


  • Lime slices


To Make the Grenadine

  • Combine the Pomegranate juice and sugar and heat on medium until sugar is dissolved. Simmer until slightly thickened; about 8-10 minutes. Just until it coats the back of a spoon lightly. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Add the teaspoon of vodka if using. Refrigerate.

To Make the Bacardi Cocktails

  • Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the rum, lime juice and Grenadine to shaker, cover and shake 20-30 times to get thoroughly cold. Pour over ice in glasses.
  • Add cold sparkling mineral water to top it off if desired.
  • Garnish with a lime slice.


The optional vodka can be added to the pomegranate juice which will extend it longevity in the fridge from 3 weeks to 3 months.



Nutrition Facts
Bacardi Cocktail on the Rocks
Serving Size
1 Cocktail
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Bacardi, cocktail
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  1. Hi, thanks for what sounds like a great recipe. Many years ago when a young reporter I frequented a very nice supper club bar with the “guys” after work. They served what they called a “Pink Bacardi.” (One of the guys called it my “pink schmook.”) I never found out what was in it, except for the lovely hazelnut at the bottom of the glass. Can you help? I believe it had grenadine in it and was not the simple rum and pink lemonade so often listed. I would really like to taste my youth again!

    Thank you so much for a great site. I will definitely try your other recipes as well!

    1. I wish I could help Kathleen but I don’t recall every seeing that cocktail (or tasting it either). Funny…the Bacardi Cocktail is pink…wonder if the Pink Bacardi was just one person’s version of the original?

  2. I agree completely, this is a beautiful combination. Although this would make my shopping list even longer, I am sure it is worth it. I am sure this cocktail is just delicious.

    1. So worth it. You can use the POM juice for so many things too; salad dressings and marinades come to mind. Do it! 🙂

    1. Easy too. Forget all of these others events; we need an online Girls Nite Out event. Cocktails in hand.

  3. I’ve lived in Raleigh for many years. It is not a dry town. Perhaps you visited a restaurant that did not have its own liquor license but rather, one that you could BYOB. I’m surprised that you analogized the entire city of Raleigh, NC in this manner.

    1. When we lived there Amy it was most certainly a dry town; this was not just one case at all. My daughter is 32 and it was before she was born so 35ish years ago. I’m not disrespecting Raleigh, I loved it there but it was certainly a culture shock.

    1. So simple and such an improvement in flavor. The only downside? I doubt it will last for years; but maybe that’s OK? 🙂

    1. I hope you do Amy and please let me know what you think..I just think I’m glad I re-discovered it after so many years!

  4. What a fabulous idea to make your own grenadine syrup!!! This sounds delicious:-) Did I know you used to live in NC? Small world for sure:-) Cheers!! Hugs, Terra

    1. I did not! Where were you? We lived in Raleigh not far from Crabtree Valley Mall. Of course a couple of minutes from the mall back then meant living on an acre lot in the most gorgeous subdivision. Yes, the homes were nice but not opulent but the beauty was they cut in streets, driveways and where the house went but nothing else and we moved into our own personal forest. I will forever love that home and my time in North Carolina where both of my girls were born.

  5. Sometimes one cocktail is enough… but usually it takes two (maybe three) for me to be satisfied. I’m going to have to try this cocktail, as this is the first time I’m even hearing about it! Looks magnificent.

    1. It’s a really lovely drink Brian and so easy to put together. I had never tried adding that bit of sparkling water but basically wanted to fill the glass a bit more and had some in the fridge..I sort of loved it!

    1. The irony is that the store bought stuff we get here, typically Rose’s Grenadine, is simply high fructose corn syrup, some artificial flavors and dies to make it red; this is not only simple and a gorgeous color but the coup de grace? It has a real flavor to it…oh my gosh!

    1. I love it too. The color is quite different than if using the Rose’s Grenadine…and I think much more beautiful!

  6. That would go down real easy right now. I was the opposite of you..I did the underage drinking to the hilt (well…one beer and blitzed), but once I turned 21..outside of wine..I sort of stopped – it wasn’t as fun anymore since I was now ‘allowed’ to drink lol. Loved your story and the back story on Bacardi cocktails.

    Virtual drinking is fun, but I’m starting to ‘really’ crave your drinks. This Bacradi cocktail not only sounds good, but the color is gorgeous. Don’t laugh if I show up on your doorstep slurring one day 😉

    1. Give me enough notice to have limes and we’re good to go!

      I have always been pretty controlling with my alcohol intake; I love a good cocktail but my mother was an alcoholic so I’ve never romanticized the notion of getting drunk and dealing with her as a young adult gave the whole notion of over-imbibing a totally different perspective if you can imagine!

    1. I’ve heard that before and I’m OK with that title. As long as it doesn’t come with the notion of me being sloshed by noon! 🙂

    1. So good Sara…funny how I went so many years without one and now that I have rediscovered my first love it has so easily snagged me again.

  7. Ooh I love the color you achieved here in this concoction Barb. Bacardi rum reminds me one of the grandaughters went to grad school with J and had parties with an open bar. What a life though not ours by any stretch of the word! 🙂 Happy Friday the 13th!

    1. The color is sort of an expected reward Shulie. The ‘other’ Grenadine is a bright pink concoction from dyes…this resulting burgundy syrup makes for a much richer end result. Still pretty too!

    1. This is most definitely a ‘girls nite out’ drink…we will have to plan one of these for my backyard when the weather is warmer. This and PJ’s. 🙂

  8. This was so refreshing after a day of biscuit slinging…. both the conversation and the cocktail! It’s also simply pretty to look at. I’m a woman who embraces pink, red, fuchsia and all shades in between. I can appreciate flavor with no beauty but when the two come together it’s something special. This would be a great cocktail for a ladies gathering – maybe liven up the endless bridal and baby showers a bit!

    1. I hope to have a summer Girls Nite Out at my home on the patio…seems Sunflower and Whole Foods might need you again? 🙂

    1. I don’t imbibe as often as it might seem! Believe it or not…I’ve made the cocktails; made sure they lived up to a taste worth blogging about and then? Did I have a party? No…I pitched them. It’s true. I don’t really have it in me to start drinking cocktails at 10am before working for the day! 🙂

    1. This is so good Lael; simply make it with a bit of vodka to keep it longer but without it would be perfect with 7-Up for a Shirley Temple; much better than adding that other stuff and actually a gorgeous color. More burgundyish than bright pink and I love it!

    1. That would be great Wendy…and the ‘real’ grenadine syrup makes it even better than I remember and so much prettier too.

  9. I love the little history lessons you blend in so well in your cocktail posts. I’m sure you and Sommerset had a lovely time testing this Bacardi cocktail until you got it just perfect, which by the way, you certainly did.

    1. It was so fun to meet her too Paula…just the liveliest, sweet young woman. I made her a simple dinner and she ate like she hadn’t in days. Which…after a couple of days without any home cooking can make someone like her feel! I love actually meeting people I connect with on Twitter…one day it will be you I hope.

  10. All this chatter about cocktails on Twitter yesterday has me in the mood to prepare a batch of these for the weekend! While I have never been a huge fan of rum, this drink may change my mind. Have a great weekend! 🙂

    1. It’s a lovely drink Gwen and I think rum is perfect with the sweet and sour components. To tell you the truth…have some of the sparkling water on hand. It wasn’t planned but my guest and I just loved that slight addition; not just to cut the rum but it added a nice effervescence.

  11. Why is it that when I read your blog on Fridays I suddenly get thirsty? There is just something about pink cocktails the I adore. I guess it’s just the girly girl in me. This is a winner Barb!

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