I had occasion this week to meet a Mr. Bacardi, one of the elders of the family whose private company makes the famous rum of the same name. We were in a small, quiet bar, and I noticed that he was, not surprisingly, drinking Bacardi rum. ¨¨In college,¨ I said, ¨we drank Bacardi with Coca-Cola, but I later thought that I wasn´t doing justice to this fine spirit. Mr. Bacardi, how do you recommend drinking Bacardi rum?¨¨
Although he didn´t criticize my college choice of rum and Coke, Mr. Bacardi did kindly tell me how he likes to drink Bacardi rum, and instructed the bartender step by step, in front of me, how to do it. So as a sort of un-Isaac-like public service, I will describe Señor Bacardi´s favored method.
Take a tall, narrow glass and fill it loosely with ice cubes. (Don´t use crushed ice.) Half fill the glass with Bacardi, then fill the glass nearly to the top with still or sparkling water, according to taste. (He prefers still water.) Gently squeeze a lime quarter into the glass, stir briskly, and sip slowly.
I tried his method for mixing Bacardi rum -- several times, in fact -- and I have to admit that he has a point. He did add, however, that his son likes Bacardi and Coke.