Barracuda Cocktail Drink

Barracuda

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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When you want a drink that stands out, turn to our Barracuda cocktail recipe. You can make this delightful cocktail with a few simple ingredients in no time.

Barracuda Cocktail Recipe

Sip on our easy Barracuda Cocktail recipe! A blend of gold rum, Galliano, and a splash of Prosecco makes it the ultimate refresher.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

181 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gold Rum
  • ½ oz Galliano
  • oz pineapple juice
  • 1 dash fresh lime juice
  • Prosecco or any sparkling wine, to top of the glass

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer and fine-strainer
  • Champagne flute or any tall glass

Instructions

  • Chill the Glass: Stir some ice cubes into your champagne flute or place it in the freezer for a few hours.
  • Mix Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker combine 1 dash fresh lime juice, 2½ oz pineapple juice, ½ oz Galliano, and 1½ oz Gold Rum.
  • Shake Well: Add ice to the shaker and give the mixture a good shake until chilled.
  • Strain: Pour the mixture into the chilled champagne flute, leaving the ice cubes behind and some space at the top.
  • Top with Prosecco: Top with Prosecco or any sparkling wine in the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gold Rum: I've tried using white rum when I ran out of gold rum. The flavor profile changes slightly, but it still tastes great. Dark rum can also work but will give a richer, deeper flavor.
  • Galliano: If you can't find Galliano, you can use another herbal liqueur like Yellow Chartreuse. It alters the taste but in a delightful way.
  • Prosecco: Any sparkling wine or club soda can replace Prosecco if needed. Just remember, the bubbles make the drink!

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. That's 12 oz of gold rum, 4 oz of Galliano, 20 oz of pineapple juice, 8 dashes of lime juice, and one bottle of Prosecco should be enough.
  • Mix: Combine the gold rum, Galliano, pineapple, and lime juice in a large pitcher with ice.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual champagne flutes, top each with Prosecco, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gold Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum alternative or a mix of apple juice and a touch of almond extract.
  • Galliano Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic herbal or vanilla syrup with a hint of anise flavor.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Use sparkling water or club soda to maintain the fizz.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Barracuda Cocktail is inherently vegan, as it contains no animal-derived ingredients. However, always check your ingredients' labels, especially liqueurs, as some might have hidden non-vegan additives. If you use a different brand or substitute, ensure it aligns with vegan standards.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
181
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
96
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.3
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
5
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Barracuda Cocktail Drink

Barracuda Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Sip on our easy Barracuda Cocktail recipe! A blend of gold rum, Galliano, and a splash of Prosecco makes it the ultimate refresher.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 181

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gold Rum
  • ½ oz Galliano
  • oz pineapple juice
  • 1 dash fresh lime juice
  • Prosecco or any sparkling wine - to top of the glass

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer and fine-strainer
  • Champagne flute or any tall glass

Instructions

  • Chill the Glass: Stir some ice cubes into your champagne flute or place it in the freezer for a few hours.
  • Mix Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker combine 1 dash fresh lime juice, 2½ oz pineapple juice, ½ oz Galliano, and 1½ oz Gold Rum.
  • Shake Well: Add ice to the shaker and give the mixture a good shake until chilled.
  • Strain: Pour the mixture into the chilled champagne flute, leaving the ice cubes behind and some space at the top.
  • Top with Prosecco: Top with Prosecco or any sparkling wine in the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gold Rum: I've tried using white rum when I ran out of gold rum. The flavor profile changes slightly, but it still tastes great. Dark rum can also work but will give a richer, deeper flavor.
  • Galliano: If you can't find Galliano, you can use another herbal liqueur like Yellow Chartreuse. It alters the taste but in a delightful way.
  • Prosecco: Any sparkling wine or club soda can replace Prosecco if needed. Just remember, the bubbles make the drink!

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. That's 12 oz of gold rum, 4 oz of Galliano, 20 oz of pineapple juice, 8 dashes of lime juice, and one bottle of Prosecco should be enough.
  • Mix: Combine the gold rum, Galliano, pineapple, and lime juice in a large pitcher with ice.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual champagne flutes, top each with Prosecco, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gold Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum alternative or a mix of apple juice and a touch of almond extract.
  • Galliano Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic herbal or vanilla syrup with a hint of anise flavor.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Use sparkling water or club soda to maintain the fizz.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Barracuda Cocktail is inherently vegan, as it contains no animal-derived ingredients. However, always check your ingredients' labels, especially liqueurs, as some might have hidden non-vegan additives. If you use a different brand or substitute, ensure it aligns with vegan standards.

What is a Barracuda Cocktail?

A Barracuda Cocktail contains gold rum, Galliano, pineapple juice, lime juice and a touch of Prosecco or sparkling wine. The drink stands out for its tropical flair, thanks to the pineapple juice and the unique herbal notes introduced by Galliano. The addition of Prosecco gives it a bubbly twist, setting it apart from many other cocktails. Additionally, the Barracuda Cocktail is listed as an official cocktail by the International Bartenders Association (IBA), underscoring its esteemed status in the world of mixology.

A side shot of a Barracuda cocktail in a champagne flute on a brown placemat placed on a white table surrounded by a lime wheel and an orange cloth, in front of a grey wall.

What is a Barracuda Cocktail made of – The ingredients

For the creation of a Barracuda Cocktail, procure the following ingredients:

  • Gold Rum: The primary spirit that provides the cocktail’s foundational flavor and kick.
  • Galliano: An herbal liqueur that introduces a unique, aromatic depth to the drink.
  • Pineapple Juice: Adds a tropical sweetness and a touch of acidity.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Brings a zesty brightness, balancing the cocktail’s sweetness.
  • Prosecco or Sparkling Wine: Gives the cocktail its effervescence and a light, bubbly finish.

Gold Rum, Galliano, Prosecco pineapple juice and two limes laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Barracuda Cocktail?

Create a Barracuda Cocktail with our clear-cut guidelines:

1
<p>Start by chilling your champagne flute with some ice cubes or in the freezer for a few hours to ensure the cocktail stays cold.</p>

Start by chilling your champagne flute with some ice cubes or in the freezer for a few hours to ensure the cocktail stays cold.

2
<p>Pour the lime juice into the cocktail shaker.</p>

Pour the lime juice into the cocktail shaker.

3
<p>Add the pineapple juice to the cocktail shaker.</p>

Add the pineapple juice to the cocktail shaker.

4
<p>Add the Galliano to the mix.</p>

Add the Galliano to the mix.

5
<p>Add the Gold Rum to the mix.</p>

Add the Gold Rum to the mix.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Shake the mixture vigorously until it’s well-chilled.</p>

Shake the mixture vigorously until it’s well-chilled.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled champagne flute.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled champagne flute.

9
<p>Strain the contents of the shaker into the chilled champagne flute, leaving the ice cubes and some space at the top.</p>

Strain the contents of the shaker into the chilled champagne flute, leaving the ice cubes and some space at the top.

10
<p>Finish by topping the drink with a dash of Prosecco or sparkling wine.</p>

Finish by topping the drink with a dash of Prosecco or sparkling wine.

11
<p>Enjoy your Barracuda cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Barracuda cocktail!

Is the Yellow Bird Drink similar to a Barracuda Cocktail?

In the realm of tropical beverages, alongside the Barracuda Cocktail, stands the Yellow Bird Cocktail. This drink hails from the Caribbean and is a delightful mix of rum, Galliano, triple sec, and lime juice. Its bright, citrusy flavor, complemented by the herbal undertones of Galliano, has made it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.

What’s the difference between a Barracuda Cocktail and a Pearl Harbour Drink?

Barracuda Cocktail finds another counterpart in the Pearl Harbour Cocktail. Both drinks encapsulate the essence of tropical getaways. The Pearl Harbour blends vodka, melon liqueur, and pineapple juice, presenting a different yet equally refreshing flavor. While the Barracuda emphasizes the unique taste of Galliano, the Pearl Harbour shines with its melon undertones.

A side shot of a Barracuda cocktail in a champagne flute on a brown placemat placed on a white table surrounded by a jigger, a pineapple juice bottle, two limes, and an orange cloth, in front of a grey wall.

History and Origins of the Barracuda Cocktail

While more historically entrenched than some classic cocktails, the Barracuda cocktail has its roots in the modern cocktail movement; it was invented in the 1950s by Benito Cuppari, an Italian bartender at the time working on the Cristoforo Colombo Cruise Line. Named after a famous nightclub in Portofino, this cocktail gained popularity in the 21st century. Its unique combination of gold rum and Galliano sets it apart from other cocktails, and this distinctiveness has contributed to its popularity.

The use of gold rum suggests a nod to Caribbean influences, given the region’s rich history of rum production. On the other hand, Galliano, an Italian herbal liqueur, brings European flair to the drink. This blend of Caribbean and European elements showcases the global influences present in many modern cocktails.

A Barracuda cocktail in champagne flute, shot from above, on a white table surrounded by Gold Rum, Prosecco, Galliano, pineapple juice and two limes.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Barracuda cocktail?
Typically, a Barracuda cocktail contains around 200-250 calories, but this can vary based on the specific ingredients and their quantities.
How strong is a Barracuda cocktail?
The strength can vary, but on average, it's around 20-25% ABV (40-50 proof), depending on the rum and other ingredients used.
What type of alcohol is used in a Barracuda?
The primary alcohol in a Barracuda is gold rum, complemented by Galliano and a splash of Prosecco or sparkling wine.
In which glass is a Barracuda typically served?
A Barracuda is usually served in a champagne flute or a tall glass.
What does a Barracuda taste like?
The Barracuda offers a tropical sweetness from the pineapple juice, herbal notes from the Galliano, and a bubbly finish from the Prosecco.
What's the typical ratio of ingredients in a Barracuda?
The general ratio is 3 parts gold rum, 1 part Galliano, 5 parts pineapple juice, a dash of lime juice, and a splash of Prosecco.
How is the Barracuda served in terms of ice and presentation?
It's typically shaken with ice, then strained into a glass, and topped with Prosecco. It's served up without ice in the final presentation.

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