Bacardi and Cola Cocktail Drink

Bacardi and Cola

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Want a tasty and easy drink? Try this Bacardi and Cola recipe! It’s straightforward to make, and the ingredients are easy to get.

Bacardi and Cola Recipe

Chill out with this no-fuss Bacardi and Cola recipe! It's just Bacardi rum, Cola, and a slice of lime - a revitalizing mix that's perfect for spring.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

194 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bacardi Rum
  • 6 oz Coca-Cola, to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz Bacardi Rum over the ice.
  • Top up the glass with approx. 6 oz Coca-Cola(adjusting to taste and to the size of the glass).
  • Garnish with a lime wedge if desired (you can either squeeze it into the drink or just place it as it is into the glass) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bacardi Rum: Any white or gold rum will do if you don't have Bacardi on hand. You could also try spiced rum or even a black rum for a different flavor profile.
  • Cola: Although the original recipe calls for Coca-Cola, any type and brand of cola works for this recipe. If you're not a fan of Cola, try using ginger ale or ginger beer for a lighter, spicier flavor.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bacardi Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute available in most supermarkets and do a good job mimicking the rum flavor. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own dark rum substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice and banana are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-rum” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Bacardi rum, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Cola: Most mainstream colas are vegan, but some boutique or specialty brands may use animal-derived ingredients. Always check the label to be sure.
  • Bacardi Rum: Bacardi rum is vegan-friendly, so no need to worry about finding a substitute here.
  • Proceed As Usual: Following the original steps and enjoy your vegan Bacardi and Cola once you've confirmed your Cola is vegan-friendly.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
194
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
7
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
5
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Bacardi and Cola Cocktail Drink

Bacardi and Cola Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Chill out with this no-fuss Bacardi and Cola recipe! It's just Bacardi rum, Cola, and a slice of lime - a revitalizing mix that's perfect for spring.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 194

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bacardi Rum
  • 6 oz Coca-Cola - to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz Bacardi Rum over the ice.
  • Top up the glass with approx. 6 oz Coca-Cola(adjusting to taste and to the size of the glass).
  • Garnish with a lime wedge if desired (you can either squeeze it into the drink or just place it as it is into the glass) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bacardi Rum: Any white or gold rum will do if you don't have Bacardi on hand. You could also try spiced rum or even a black rum for a different flavor profile.
  • Cola: Although the original recipe calls for Coca-Cola, any type and brand of cola works for this recipe. If you're not a fan of Cola, try using ginger ale or ginger beer for a lighter, spicier flavor.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bacardi Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute available in most supermarkets and do a good job mimicking the rum flavor. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own dark rum substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice and banana are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-rum” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Bacardi rum, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Cola: Most mainstream colas are vegan, but some boutique or specialty brands may use animal-derived ingredients. Always check the label to be sure.
  • Bacardi Rum: Bacardi rum is vegan-friendly, so no need to worry about finding a substitute here.
  • Proceed As Usual: Following the original steps and enjoy your vegan Bacardi and Cola once you've confirmed your Cola is vegan-friendly.

What is a Bacardi and Cola?

A Bacardi and Cola is a rum-based mixed drink made of Bacardi rum and Cola, typically garnished with a lime wedge. This cocktail is quite simple to make, requiring only the ability to measure ingredients and mix them in a glass.  One interesting fact about this drink is that, when it includes some lime juice in addition to the rum and cola, it’s often called “Cuba Libre,” which translates to “Free Cuba” – a phrase used during the Cuban War of Independence.

A side shot of a Barcadi and Cola cocktail in a highball glass on a yellow tray surrounded by a bar spoon, a jigger, and a red cloth

What is a Bacardi and Cola made of – The ingredients

For a Bacardi and Cola, you will require these ingredients:

  • Bacardi Rum: This is the primary alcoholic ingredient. It provides the distinctive, robust flavor that characterizes a Bacardi and Cola.
  • Cola: This sweet, carbonated beverage balances out the strong taste of the rum, adding sweetness and effervescence to the drink.
  • Lime Wedge: A squeeze of lime adds a touch of acidity to the cocktail, enhancing its overall flavor profile and providing a refreshing twist.
  • Ice Cubes: These are used to chill the drink, making it more enjoyable and refreshing to consume.

Bacardi and Cola laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bacardi and Cola?

Get to know how to concoct a Bacardi and Cola by following our simple steps:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with several ice cubes. The ice will chill the drink and dilute it slightly, making it more enjoyable. Pour two ounces of Bacardi rum over the ice. This is the standard amount for a single serving, but feel free to adjust according to your taste.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with several ice cubes. The ice will chill the drink and dilute it slightly, making it more enjoyable. Pour two ounces of Bacardi rum over the ice. This is the standard amount for a single serving, but feel free to adjust according to your taste.

2
<p>Now, top up the rum with Cola. The Cola should be about four to six times the amount of rum, depending on how strong you want your drink.</p>

Now, top up the rum with Cola. The Cola should be about four to six times the amount of rum, depending on how strong you want your drink.

3
<p>Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon or a cocktail stirrer. This will ensure that the rum and Cola are well combined.</p>

Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon or a cocktail stirrer. This will ensure that the rum and Cola are well combined.

4
<p>Slice a lime into wedges. Squeeze one of the wedges over the drink to add a touch of citrus flavor. This will help to balance out the sweetness of the Cola. Drop the squeezed lime wedge into the glass. It will continue to infuse the drink with a refreshing citrus flavor as you enjoy your Bacardi and Cola.</p>

Slice a lime into wedges. Squeeze one of the wedges over the drink to add a touch of citrus flavor. This will help to balance out the sweetness of the Cola. Drop the squeezed lime wedge into the glass. It will continue to infuse the drink with a refreshing citrus flavor as you enjoy your Bacardi and Cola.

History and Origin

In 1862, Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, a Spanish wine merchant, started producing Bacardi rum after he bought a distillery in Santiago de Cuba. His unique method of distilling rum quickly gained popularity. However, it wasn’t until the Spanish-American War in 1898 that the Bacardi and Cola cocktail existed.

American soldiers stationed in Cuba developed a taste for local products, including Bacardi rum, during this war. As these soldiers introduced Coca-Cola to the island around the same time, it didn’t take long for someone to mix the two together. The result was a refreshing cocktail that perfectly combined the sweetness of Cola with the smoothness of Bacardi rum.

A Bacardi and Cola cocktail, shot form above, in highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bacardi Rum and Coca-Cola

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Bacardi and Cola drink?
A standard version is typically 1.5 ounces of Bacardi rum, and 6 ounces of Cola contains approximately 150 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific brand of Cola used.
How strong is a Bacardi and Cola cocktail?
The cocktail's strength depends on the rum ratio to Cola. A typical serving has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 12% and a proof of 24. This makes it a relatively mild cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bacardi and Cola drink?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol used is Bacardi rum. This is a type of white rum that originates from Cuba.
In what kind of glass is a Bacardi and Cola served?
Traditionally, it's served in a highball glass. This tall, straight-sided glass allows plenty of ice and mixer, making it perfect for this refreshing cocktail.
What does a Bacardi and Cola taste like?
The cocktail offers a sweet yet robust flavor profile. The smoothness of the Bacardi rum pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the Cola, resulting in a balanced taste that's both refreshing and satisfying.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bacardi and Cola?
The standard ratio is one part rum to four parts cola. However, this can be adjusted according to personal preference.
How is a Bacardi and Cola served with ice?
The drink is typically served over ice cubes. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute the rum slightly, making it more palatable.

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