Festive, attractive, and classic …
Another classic from early in the last century, the Bacardi Cocktail has been around since prohibition, if not before, and was wildly popular in the 1930s.
This is another of the many “sour” cocktails (think Sidecar, Margarita, Gimlet, etc.) that combine a base spirit with something sour and something sweet. The Bacardi is based – obviously enough – on Bacardi white rum. You don't have to use the Bacardi brand, but why not. It's reasonably priced and can be found in every single liquor store in the USA, if not the whole planet.
The sour ingredient is lemon juice – fresh, of course – and the sweet ingredients are grenadine, which imparts a lovely deep pink color, and simple syrup. This recipe also adds dry vermouth to round things out.
What you get with all this is a lovely, very smooth, sip that’s a little sour on the front end, and a little sweet on the back end. But always gentle.
1.5 oz. White rum – Yeah, go ahead and get Bacardi
.5 oz. Dry vermouth
.5 oz. Fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grenadine
Combine ingredients and shake until icy cold. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime peel for a festive Christmas-y look.
Santa would love it if you left one of these on the hearth on Christmas Eve!