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Whenever Brad and I head out to dinner, if we’re getting drinks, Coca-Cola® (or Diet Coke) with Bacardi Rum is our go-to drink. They are simple to make, and taste consistent across different restaurants. While the standard cocktail is easy to make, and delicious by itself, adding a bit of flavor through infusion is a great way to upscale this classic.
Infused Rum & Coca-Cola Cocktails
So many flavors go great with the classic rum & Coke. Some of my favorites are cherry, lime, and vanilla. (Side note, if you are ever at one of the Coke Freestyle machines – try the combination of 2/3 Cherry-Vanilla Coke Zero with 1/3 Lime Coke Zero – amazing). Infusing these flavors into the Rum & Coke is an easy way to add flavor into the cocktail, without added ingredients. I decided to test out an infused rum & Coke bar for upcoming summer BBQs, and it is definitely something that will be making a return appearance.
The Coke mini cans are the perfect size for summer BBQs. Plus, if they are looking to add a bit of kick to their drink, each person can use their can to make a wonderful flavor pairing. For this Rum & Coke Bar, I decided to feature mint, vanilla, lime, and raspberries for the infusions; and mint, limes, cherries, and raspberries for the accompanying garnishes.
For the infused Bacardi rum, I put each item into a small mason jar, then muddled it before topping the jar off with rum. The flavors will begin to infuse pretty quickly; however, leaving them overnight in the fridge would be ideal.
Bacardi rum is ideal for this cocktail bar because it has such a light, and versatile flavor. There is a reason why Bacardi is the world’s most awarded rum, is featured in many of the most popular drinks – because it is delicious and can be mixed so easily in cocktails.
A tip for making the perfect Bacardi & Coke – pour the rum into the glass first, and then top with the Coke. It will naturally mix together, and need less stirring (I try to avoid over-stirring cocktails with pop as it makes the fizz go crazy).
Hosting an infused Bacardi & Coke bar at a summer BBQ would be a great “signature drink” for the event. Each person can customize their cocktail to their taste, and the host can enjoy the party without having to also play bartender.