Bacardi Limited is the largest privately-owned spirits company worldwide, boasting over 200 brands today. The company was first a producer of rums exclusively but has now evolved to making scotch, gin, vodka, and other liquor products.
The Bacardi facility in Puerto Rico is the largest rum distillery in the world. We’ll discuss the prices in detail here.
Bacardi – A Brief Background
The name Bacardí came from founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, a Spanish wines merchant. He and his family moved to Santiago de Cuba when he was 16. He worked at a small rum distillery that made “rough” rum with a whopping 85 percent ABV and became interested in concocting a smoother spiced rum that the masses could better enjoy.
He wed Amalia Moreau, a wealthy socialite who helped in funding the distillery he worked at. He worked for years to perfect his rum and revolutionized the rum-making process. By 1868, this new and improved rum was sold all over the island.
Amalia was also behind the bat logo in every Bacardi bottle. She noticed a colony of fruit bats hanging in the rafters and knew that they symbolized good health, family unity, and good fortune.
Soon after, locals began calling the Bacardi rums el Ron del Murcielago, which translates to “the rum of the bat.”
How It’s Made
Bacardi rums are made from distilled sugarcane. This liquor contains sweet sugarcane and is infused with caramel, vanilla, molasses, and nutmeg. Rum is aged in charred oak barrels for a smokey flavor and comes in many forms depending on how long it’s aged. There is the superior white or clear, pale, dark, black, navy, and premium aged.
Unlike other liquors, rum prices are extremely affordable. You can get a bottle of Bacardi at roughly $12 in cost — yet it’s great in quality. Its Ready to Drink Rum Punch in cans is also available in stores at about $3, the perfect drink for an outdoor picnic.
Compared to Other Rum Brands
Malibu’s fresh flavors and price are at par with Bacardi’s. The brand is famous for its fruit rums, and you’ll find plenty of bartenders also using this product for their mojitos.
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum has 13 secret spices infused in their black rum that you’ll get to sample at almost the same price tag. This brand’s exclusive smooth and rich black spiced rum is one of the top choices of many.
The Captain makes delicious classic spiced rums that are slightly more expensive than Bacardi’s. This rum brand does not make fruit-flavored rums, though.
Sailor Jerry makes spiced rums exclusively in the United States Virgin Islands. Molasses and fresh Caribbean flavors inspire this brand. Prices start at $18 for one bottle, which is comparable to a bottle of Bacardi.
How to Drink Bacardi
For sipping rum, choose one of the premium dark brands. Bacardi Gran Reserva Limitada rums are aged 10 to 16 years in oak barrels. Try to spot almond, banana, butterscotch, and light oak notes in this premium quality rum.
Bacardi Superior is perfect for mixing. These are the original white rums made in 1862 and aged in white oak barrels. You can mix in fruit juices, coconut cream, lemon wedges, club soda, and other exciting ingredients to this silver rum.
Bacardi also boasts of an extensive line of flavored rum, which is the perfect choice to get into if you’re just starting out.
Bacardi Rum Price Chart
|Bacardi Superior||750ml||80||$11.99 – $12.99|
|Bacardi Black||750ml||80||$11.99 – $12.99|
|Bacardi Gold||750ml||80||$11.99 – $12.99|
|Bacardi Spiced||750ml||80||Starts at around $11.00|
|Bacardi 8 Anos||750ml||80||$22.99 – $29.99|
|Bacardi Coconut||750ml||70||$11.99 – $14.99|
|Bacardi Maestro De Ron||750ml||80||$22.99 – $24.99|
|Bacardi Pineapple||750ml||70||$11.99 – $14.99|
|Bacardi 151||750ml||151||$23.99 – $25.99|
|Bacardi Añejo||750ml||80||Starts at around $22|
|Bacardi Banana||750ml||70||$11.99 – $14.99|
|Bacardi Añejo Cuatro||750ml||80||Starts at around $21|
|Bacardi Limon||750ml||70||$11.99 – $14.99|
|Bacardi Rum Solera||750ml||80||Starts at around $21|
|Bacardi Raspberry||750ml||70||$11.99 – $14.99|
|Bacardi Reserva Ocho||750ml||80||Starts at around $29|
|Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez||750ml||80||Starts at around $40|
|Bacardi Gran Reserva Limitada||750ml||80||Starts at around $109|
Popular Bacardi-based Cocktails
Jennings S. Cox from the USA invented the daiquiri on a whim when he whipped up Bacardi rum, lime juice, ice shavings, and sugar and served this refreshment to his crew. In Havana in 1900, United States soldiers created the first-ever Cuba libre by mixing Bacardi Gold and coke to celebrate the end of the Spanish-American War.
These chance concoctions led to a rise in world cocktail making and mixed drinks. Fresh, quality ingredients are key to create delicious cocktails.  Thankfully, Bacardi brands are not steep in price, and it won’t require plenty of other ingredients to whip up excellent cocktails.
Ernest Hemingway’s favorite, the classic cocktail, is easy and fresh with simple ingredients you will probably find in your own pantry. You also won’t need any kitchen tools to create this mixed drink.
- 1 ½ ounces light rum; we recommend the Bacardi Superior
- ¾ ounce lime juice
- ½ to ¾ ounce simple syrup, adjust this according to your taste
Just add the ingredients together in a glass and stir well. You can then adjust the flavor according to your preference. If the drink is too sour, add more syrup; and if the inverse is true, you can add more juice. Add ice.
Dark & Stormy
This cocktail was said to have come from sailors voyaging the Caribbean sea. This is a spicy drink that will warm you up during a stormy night.
- 2 ounces dark rum, we recommend Bacardi Black
- 3 ounces ginger beer
- ½ ounce lime juice
- Lime wedges
Put some fresh ice in a tall glass and pour in all the ingredients together. Stir well and serve with a lime wedge for garnish.
Raspberry Rum Mule
This pink raspberry cocktail is almost too pretty to drink. It’s the right blend of tarty and spicy, which is perfect for your dinner or cocktail party.
- 2 ounces gold rum, we recommend the Bacardi Gold
- ½ ounce lime juice
- Simple syrup to taste
- 5 to 10 fresh raspberries
- Ginger beer
- A sprig of rosemary
Shake all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Make sure that you use those arm muscles well, so all the flavors have a chance to marry together. Pour in a copper cup and add in ginger beer. Finish with a sprig of rosemary.
The classic mojito is a staple in every bar. It’s an easy mint drink that you can easily whip up if you find yourself entertaining unexpected guests.
- 1 ½ ounces superior white rum, we recommend the Bacardi Superior
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ cup club soda
- Lime wedges
- Ice cubes
Put the mint leaves and a lime wedge inside a cocktail shaker and use a muddler to release all the flavors and essential oils. Add white rum, sugar, and ice and shake well. Pour into a tall glass and top up with club soda. Adjust the sweetness according to your preference.
1. Which Bacardi rum is best?
The choice is yours. If you prefer subtle spirits that you can mix into your cocktails, you’re best off with a bottle of Bacardi Superior White Rum. If you want something bold yet smooth, you can opt for the Bacardí Black Rum or the Bacardi 8 — medium-bodied gold rums aged in barrels. They have buttery caramel and vanilla notes.
2. Can you drink Bacardi straight?
Yes, you can. Some brands are better than others straight, while others are best for mixing. Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron is a bottle of superior white rum that guarantees a tasty blend of flavors either if you sip it or mix it.
3. Where can I buy Bacardi?
These products are widely distributed worldwide and are available both online and in any liquor store. Prices vary.
The Bacardi brand revolutionized the world rum-making process with its four innovations: proprietary yeast, charcoal filtration, blending different strength distillates, and oak cask aging. The process took ten years to perfect and is the reason behind the signature aroma and taste the bottles are famous for.
The Bacardi family has run this rum company from the 19th century, and up to today, these rums remain one of the best yet inexpensive spirits in the market. As for the prices, they vary, depending on variety and size.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds!