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Bacardi Rum Drinks: 4 Drink Ideas From A Bartender

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For inside tips on Bacardi Rum drinks, we talked to Del Mendez, the head bartender for the Rooftop Cabana Club and Spartico at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa. The Coconut Grove location, not far from Florida’s Miami Beach, offers a casual atmosphere that makes summer drinks popular all year round.

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Classic Mojito

Classic Mojito

Photo: Marcia Frost

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

6-8 fresh mint leaves

2 teaspoons sugar

4 lime wedges, muddled

2 ounces Bacardi Superior Rum


Instructions:

Put ingredients in a shaker. Shake well and top off with club soda. Garnish with a mint leaf and a lime wedge.

How would you describe its taste?

Cool and refreshing.

When is it best to drink?

Afternoons, especially when it’s sunny. A good Mojito really hits the spot at that time.

Who drinks it?

Fans of all things tropical. Vacationers and newbies to all things Miami and to Cuban culture enjoy it.

Cuba Libre

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounce Bacardi Superior Light Rum

Coca-Cola


Instructions:

Pour rum into a rocks glass with ice. Top with cola and garnish with a lime wedge.

How would you describe its taste?

Sweet, like caramel.

When is it best to drink?

Evenings, as a pre-meal cocktail.

Who drinks it?

Everyone! It’s a popular classic.

Miami Vice

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

The Miami Vice is half Piña Colada and half Strawberry Daiquri



Pina Colada:

3/4 ounce Bacardi Superior Light Rum

1/2 ounce pineapple juice

1/2 ounce Coco Lopez (or coconut milk and sugar)



Strawberry Daiquiri:

3/4 ounce Bacardi Superior Light Rum

1/4 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce strawberry puree


Instructions"

Blend each drink with ice to serve frozen, side by side in one cup. Make a flag garnish -- a cherry and an orange slice speared together.

How would you describe its taste?

Sweet, fruity and cool.

When is it best to drink?

Poolside in the summertime, maybe during lunch.

Who drinks it?

Fans of frozen beverages, sweet and fruity drinks, and those who just like the really cool colors!

Tropical Punch

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounce Bacardi Rum

1/2 ounce pineapple juice

1/2 ounce orange juice

1/2 ounce mango puree

1/2 ounce Grenadine


Instructions:

Add ingredients one by one to build in a highball glass filled with ice. Use a flag garnish.

How would you describe its taste?

Revitalizing.

When is it best to drink?

Anytime, really. It works well with meals, particularly at lunchtime.

Who drinks it?

Drinkers who prefer juices, a healthier touch than carbonated mixers.

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Del Mendez

Photo: Marcia Frost

Del Mendez

Mayfair Hotel & Spa

What are your favorite Bacardi Rum Drinks?

Cuba Libre.

What are your customers’ favorite Bacardi Rum Drinks?

Mojito and Cuba Libre.

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