With the hot weather more and more of us are sipping cocktails in our own back gardens.

But cocktails are not a new thing – most people associate them with starting in the roaring twenties or the elegant thirties but it all started in 1862.

As we celebrate rum month its the perfect time to look back on the history of the ancient cocktail ingredient.

In February 1862. The Bacardí family, led by Don Facundo Bacardí Masso, buought a distillery in Santiago de Cuba. They threw away the rule book and made their own unique blends with a revolutionary rum-making process that would change the way rum was made forever.  Before Don Facundo rewrote the script, white rums were harsh, crude and unrefined. In 1862 he created BACARDÍ CARTA BLANCA following 10 years of dedication to craft the perfect rum and this was just the beginning.

Among favourite rum cocktails are The Daiquirí i a drink and also the name of a beach near Santiago de Cuba, the drink was supposedly invented around 1902 in Cuba, although its exact origins are hard to pin down. The drinks popularity was at an all-time high in the 1940’s and it was one of the favourite drinks of President John F. Kennedy.

It’s interesting to know the basic recipe for a daiquiri is also similar to the grog British sailors drank aboard ship from the 1740s. The Royal Navy daily grog ration contained rum, water, ¾ ounce of lemon or lime juice, and 2 ounces of sugar. This was a common drink across the Caribbean, and as soon as ice became available this was included instead of the water.

Mojito’s are another firm favourite for the summer. It’s is a traditional Cuban highball and has been a staple drink for many years, its origin is hard to trace as it goes as far back as 1650.  There are several theories behind the origin of the name Mojito, some say it comes from mojo, a Cuban seasoning made from lime and used to flavour dishes. The drink became very popular in the 50’s and was supposedly one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourites, it was the best-selling cocktail in the UK in 2016.

And finally the cocktail that everyone has tasted at some time. The Pina Colada became somewhat of a joke at one time but now its firmly back on the cocktail menu.

The piña colada (means pineapple strained in Spanish) is a cocktail made with rum, coconut milk, and pineapple juice.  The BACARDÍ heritage is a proud one. They gave the world the original Cuban Piña Colada – a mellow rum cocktail best made with fresh coconut water and pineapple just as it was back in 1922.



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