4 years ago

Classic Bacardi

wonder how Bacardi rum is made? Jason Newell, manager of Wines
& Spirits
at our Chanhassen
location, was lucky enough to tour the famous Casa Bacardi Distillery in San
Juan, Puerto Rico. Read on as he shares his experiences plus three classic
Bacardi cocktails:

On a trip to visit my friend Bob, who at the time was working for the
Ritz Carlton in Puerto Rico, my wife Jamie and I couldn’t resist the
opportunity to tour the world famous Casa Bacardi distillery. Close to the
historic Fort San Juan the Bacardi distillery is a meticulously maintained
facility surrounded by beautiful gardens and manicured lawns.

The smell of molasses surrounded us as the tour guide took us through
the distillery building. Pictures showing the process of distilling rum lined
the hallway on the way to the observation window. Giant cauldrons of molasses were
swirling as if a monster were thrashing its tail beneath the pitch-black
liquid. The hand-selected creators of the rums, known as Maestros de Ron
Bacardi, use blending methods for making rum that are highly regarded and very
guarded. The rest of the facility, particularly the bottling line, is top

Our guide led us across the estate to the Bacardi’s museum that tells
the family’s history, which reads like an adventure novel. The room is a
treasure chest of historical photos and memorabilia featuring the
Spanish-American war, the flood of tourists escaping from prohibition era
United States to drink rum in Cuba, Earnest Hemingway and of course the family’s
exile during the Cuban Revolution.

We ended the tour outside at the tasting bar, which sits beneath a giant
art sculpture roof. I felt privileged to taste the aged rums, particularly the
8-year-old that at the time was unavailable in the U.S., but luckily we are
able to carry at Lunds & Byerlys. While I was enjoying my rum on the rocks,
Jamie was having the bartender mix her up a Bacardi Daiquiri made using the
same recipe created in 1898 by Jennings Stockton Cox, a U.S. engineer working
at the iron mine in Daiquiri, Cuba. It doesn’t get more classic cocktail than this:

Bacardi Daiquiri


  • 3 oz. Bacardi Superior
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • juice of ½ lime
  • ice


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour Bacardi, sugar and a squeeze
of half a fresh lime. Shake vigorously until extremely cold and strain into a
martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Here are two more classic Bacardi cocktail recipes:

Hemingway Special


  • 2 oz. Bacardi Superior
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ice


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add all ingredients and shake until
extremely cold. Strain into a martini glass and serve.



  • 2 lime wedges
  • 3 oz. Bacardi Gold
  • cola
  • ice


Squeeze two lime wedges over ice in a highball glass. Add rum and top
with cola.

Starting in Cuba in 1862 the family has survived multiple wars,
revolutions and exile, all while creating the world’s largest spirits empire.
We are lucky to be able to participate in what promises to be an exciting and
dramatic future for Cuba and Bacardi. I can’t wait to see what adventures it
holds for today’s generation.