150 Years of Bacardi

Cherry Drop, as served at Zuri Lounge in the MGM Grand, $12

In 1862, two brothers founded a distillery in Cuba. One hundred and fifty years later, inspired by Bacardi’s finest-quality rum making, Las Vegas barman Stanley “Al” Schaffer created a cherry twist on the classic Cuban hand-shaken daiquiri. Bartenders from seven MGM Resorts hotels recently converged at Wirtz Beverage Nevada’s cutting-edge beverage development and training lab, the Alchemy Room, in a contest to create an original Bacardi Superior cocktail in celebration of the anniversary. Holding himself to the standard of finding balance and freshness in five ingredients or less, and by wisely using two rums from Bacardi’s extensive portfolio, the New York native took first place in the luxury property category with his sweet-and-tart Cherry Drop. But receiving the best feedback of all, says Schaffer, “My mom really liked it!”


In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce Bacardi Silver, 1 ounce Bacardi Torched Cherry, ½ ounce cherry brandy (try Cherry Heering), ½ ounce rock candy syrup and the juice of one fresh lime. Add ice, cover, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.