Of the many certifiable classics in the canon of cocktails, it’s hard to beat a classic Daiquiri.
Marred by many years of mishandling at the hands of overzealous barkeeps, the Daiquiri has always been a very simple drink: rum, lime juice, sugar. Fruit need not make its way into the concoction; why muddy up something so sound?
If variation is a must, opt instead for a Bacardi Cocktail, a classic in its own right. In this case, Grenadine is doing the pinch-hitting for sugar, and when made well, the bright snap of lime juice is tamed by the natural sweetness of the pomegranate. In fact, you could argue that they are soul mates.
I tend to favor my drinks dry and bright, but if you require more sweetness in yours, you can always up the Grenadine. If bubbles are what you’re after, ditch the lime and Grenadine all together, and take it with tonic; if you’re not a sailor, at least you’ll feel like one.
Combine the following ingredients in a shaker:
1.5 ounces Bacardi Light Rum
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.25 oz. Jack Rudy Small Batch Grenadine
Add ice, shake and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.
“Rum & Tonic”
In a tall Collins glass, combine:
1.5 oz. Mount Gay Rum
.5 oz. Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic
Add ice, top with soda water and stir
Garnish with a lime, to fight scurvy, of course.