The earliest written records of the "Bacardi Cocktail" go back to 1917 in Hugo Ensslin's "Recipes for Mixed Drinks". In Ensslin's book, the recipe is the early Cuban version of the cocktail was basically the same as the Daiquiri.
- 1 drink Bacardi Rum
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 2 dashes Gum Syrup (Simple syrup with gum arabic added to smooth and emulsify)
Bacardi put out a booklet in 1930 called "BACARDI Algunos De Sus Muchos Usos" a name that roughly translated means "Bacardi some of it's many uses". In this book there is a change in the recipe for the "Bacardi Cocktail".
- Juice of half a lime
- 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 oz Bacardi White
This is the real change that separated the Daiquiri from the cocktail when it could be served unstrained.
In America a "red" version of the Bacardi Cocktail was originated in New York, this one containing grenadine.
- 1 1/2 oz Bacardi White Rum
- the juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 bar spoon of Grenadine Syrup
Whether you serve the cocktail as a daiquiri, a cocktail, or unstrained over cracked ice, this is a delicious cocktail that stands alone as one of the very early classic cocktails of the world. It also makes sense that a "Bacardi Cocktail/Daiquiri" be made with Bacardi Rum seeing how it bears the name of the rum. Whether you like red or original just get out and enjoy this wonderful cocktail. ;o)