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Cocktail party pizzazz: Fruit-filled ice and glamorous garnishes

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At your next summer gathering, impress your guests with the prettiest cocktails in town.

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White Lion

This classic summer cocktail has been around since the late 1800s, and it’s just as delicious today.


  • 2 parts BACARDI Superior Rum
  • 1/5 part orange curacao
  • 1 part fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/5 part raspberry syrup
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • Crushed fruit of choice, frozen
  • Seasonal berries for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  1. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass.
  2. Mix well and single strain into glasses of crushed fruit.
  3. Garnish with seasonal berries.

Pretty cocktailsEasy Gypsy Water

This Argentinian recipe features frozen cubes of watermelon and BACARDI Superior Rum. Yum!


  • 2 parts BACARDI Superior Rum
  • 1 part fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 (or more) parts frozen watermelon cubes
  • Sliced limes for garnish


  1. In advance, freeze watermelon cubes in an ice cube tray.
  2. Combine rum, watermelon juice and watermelon ice cubes in a shaker. Give a quick, hard shake.
  3. Single-strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass.
  4. Garnish with lime slices and serve!

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Easy pina colada

The pina colada was introduced in 1954. After enjoying years of tremendous popularity, it was designated (in 1978) as the official national drink of Puerto Rico!


  • 2 parts BACARDI Superior Rum
  • Frozen crushed pineapple
  • 1-1/2 parts coconut cream (fresh is best)
  • 1 part pineapple juice
  • 3 parts caster sugar
  • Pineapple wedges for garnish


  1. In advance, freeze crushed fresh (or canned) pineapple in ice cube trays.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except the garnish, of course) in a blender or cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour into frozen soda glasses.
  4. Garnish and serve!

Pretty cocktailsRum and coke float

There’s the traditional root beer float, the Black Cow and the Snow White. So why not a rum and coke float?



  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add rum.
  3. Top with chilled cola.
  4. Finish with a scoop of frozen ice cream.
  5. Serve with a straw and a spoon!

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San Juan swizzle

Your guests will never guess that they’re drinking applesauce!


  • 1/2 can of frozen BACARDI Mixers Margarita mix
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup no-pulp orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • Pineapple wedges and apple slices


  1. Using a blender, combine margarita mix, rum, orange juice, applesauce and ginger ale.
  2. Add crushed ice and blend for one minute until consistency is uniform.
  3. Pour into Collins-style glasses and garnish with pineapples and apples.

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Chocolate-covered strawberry daiquiri

If you think chocolate-covered strawberries are divine, just wait until you try the liquid version... !


  • 1 can frozen BACARDI Mixers Strawberry Daiquiri mix
  • 1/2 cup of rum
  • 5 cups crushed ice
  • Chocolate syrup to rim glasses
  • Creme de cacao liqueur for decoration
  • Strawberries for garnish


  1. In a blender, combine daiquiri mix, rum and ice for one minute until uniform.
  2. Dip rims of glasses in chocolate syrup before pouring the daiquiris.
  3. Top each daiquiri with creme de cacao and garnish with strawberries.
  4. Drink up!

More fabulous summer cocktail ideas:

Add grilled fruit to your classic cocktails
Garden party cocktails
Low-carb summer drinks

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