Delicious, Specialty Cocktails with BACARDÍ Gran Reserva

Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron rum

BACARDÍ Gran Reserva is a line of super-premium mixing rums that include BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron, which is a double-aged white rum. BACARDÍ introduced rum lovers to this great tasting spirit at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala in Chicago earlier this year.

BACARDÍ Gran Reserva partnered with Chef Ari Taymor to create specialty rum cocktails that would be the official cocktail at the James Beard Foundation Taste America.

For the second year in a row, BACARDÍ Gran Reserva is also proud to be a participating sponsor of JBF Taste America.

Chef Taymor will attend two Taste America stops. One was last week in Chicago and on November 6th, you can meet Chef Tamore in Los Angeles. In L.A., also dine at Taymor’s original restaurant, named Alma.

The two, specialty rum cocktails created are actually versions of two classics:
1) The Headless Horseman – actually named after the Halloween legend. This rum cocktail is a spiced-up play on a classic Dark and Stormy.
2) Siam Daiquiri – This is spin off of Taymor’s favorite rum cocktail. He’s added Thai aromatics, which is influenced from growing up in L.A. and Thai influences.

When asked to describe his The Headless Horseman rum cocktail, Chef Ari Taymor replied, “Adding carrot eau de vie pulls back on the sweetness while the smoked maple syrup paired with finely ground coffee creates a smooth, authentic finish – it’s a heartier drink that holds up to cold Chicago winters.”

Fabio Di Giammarco is the Global Vice President, BACARDÍ rums and was quoted, “We’re thrilled to collaborate with a chef of Ari’s caliber. BACARDÍ Gran Reserva is all about the experience of enjoying uncomplicated yet sophisticated cocktails. Having Chef Taymor blend his culinary skills with our rums is a perfect way to enhance the connection between food, cocktails and the overall experience.”

The James Beard Foundation Taste America program makes stops at ten cities across the U.S. It actually started the weekend of September 18 and ends this November 7, 2015 – as mentioned above, in Los Angeles,

During the tour, there’s a special evening planned the begins with a walk-around tasting reception. Taste and drink the faves from from a group of popular local chefs. Next enjoy a fine dining experience and feast on a four-course dinner created between a Taste America All-Star along with a Local Star chef from that particular city.

BACARDÍ Gran Reserva rums are ideally served in their own signature cocktails – BACARDÍ Old Fashioned, plus the BACARDÍ Maestro Collins and the

We wanted to share these two, delicious BACARDÍ Gran Reserva rum cocktail recipes:

Headless Horseman
2 parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Ocho Años
2½ parts Ginger Beer
1 part Carrot Eau de Vie
½ part Lime Juice
½ part Smoked Maple Simple Syrup*
Garnish: Microplane coffee

Method: Place all ingredients except coffee beans and ginger beer in a tumbler with ice. Stir and strain into a Collins glass with ice. Pour ginger beer over the top and finish with a bit of coffee beans grated on a microplane.

*Smoked Maple Syrup
1 cup Cold Smoked Maple Syrup*
1 cup water

Method: Mix together and bring to a boil. *To cold smoke the maple syrup, heat wood chips in a pie tin until they smoke, then put syrup in a bowl put them in a container and cover with foil for 35-45 minutes.


Siam Daiquiri
1 part BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
½ part Kaffir Lime Juice
1 tsp Aromatic simple syrup*

Method: Mix ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and serve in a chilled coupe.

*Aromatic Simple Syrup
1 cup water
12 Thai basil leaves
3 Coriander seeds
¼ Sliced Jalapeño
2 Kaffir Lime Leaves (if available)
1 cup Sugar

Method: Bring to a boil, steep 15 minutes, strain and cool.


Make your next party or social gathering a hit by serving delicious cocktails made with BACARDÍ Gran Reserva rum. We enjoy sharing party ideas and drink recipes so return again to read our luxury blog.



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