The Mr. and I got back from Puerto Rico a couple of days ago. We were super happy when we got back home to Orlando, but a little sad that our vacation was over. During our trip, we got to go on a few tours including one of the Bacardi distillery. I’ve never been much of a huge drinker, but rum has always been the chosen drink for my family. I can remember rum being at every family event when I was a little kid so it was cool to get a behind the scenes look at how it’s made.
When we first arrived, we were both given souvenir cups for our welcome cocktails. We chose between Cuba Libre, Spiced Rum Punch, and a Seasonal Cocktail (this time was a lemonade rum). I chose the seasonal cocktail and The Mr chose the Spiced Rum Punch. Both were extremely delicious!
After our drinks, we were given a tour of the property and the Visitors Center. Learning the history of Bacardí was amazing. There were so many things that I didn’t know about the company and the rum business. The first Bacardí distillery was actually opened in 1862 in Cuba. Although there is no longer a distillery in Cuba, the company is still owned by the Bacardí family. Their largest distillery is in Cataño which is the one we visited. Puerto Rico is actually responsible for exporting over 70% of rum consumed in the U.S. and is considered the rum capital of the world. That’s pretty insane!
During our tour, we walked through the lounge where we were introduced to two types of rum: Bacardí Superior and Bacardí Gold. One of my favorite parts of the tour was when we were given the recipes to the drinks above (Daiquirí, Mojito and Cuba Libre). Each recipe was super simple with 5 or less ingredients.
All in all, we enjoyed our trip to the Bacardí Distillery. For only $12 (Visitors Center Tour), we got a major history lesson and great drinks. Next time we visit Puerto Rico, we will definitely go back and go on the Mixology Tour so we can learn how to make the 3 signature Bacardí drinks: Cuba Libre, Mojito, and Daiquirí. If you’re ever in Puerto Rico, I suggest adding Casa Bacardí to your itinerary!