Review: Bacardi Classic Cocktail Mojito

Premixed cocktails are usually a mixed bag. In fact, they’re hardly cocktails at all but rather heavily carbonated malt liquor, watered down to about 6 or 8 percent alcohol and flavored with a variety of components that can be either reasonably tasty or very nasty.

Bacardi (which makes it share of the aforementioned malt liquor drinks) offers something new with the Bacardi Classic Cocktail Mojito, a pre-mixed cocktail that continues to build on the Mojito craze, the drink that simply will not die.

Thankfully, this is something new. Bacardi Classic Cocktail Mojito is 15 percent alcohol and made from real rum and natural flavors, not leftover King Cobra.

The taste is surprisingly good, with real rum, lime, and mint present all in the glass. The sugar flavor is a little off, tasting more saccharine than it should, but overall it’s quite pleasant. Note that the drink is not carbonated (a traditional Mojito includes club soda), so you might want to add a little if you need fizz… but then you’ll probably want to add rum too, to compensate.

This would be a fine item to serve at a party when you don’t have time to make fresh cocktails and guests aren’t expecting the world out of you. Just pour it over crushed ice and add some fresh mint and maybe a squeeze of fresh lime… most people won’t know the difference.

B / $20 (1.75-liter bottle) / bacardi.com

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13 Responses to Review: Bacardi Classic Cocktail Mojito

  1. I’m kind of surprised that this got the Drinkhacker seal of approval – I’ve never tried it, but I would have assumed that it was one of those gross malt-liquor concoctions that bears little resemblance to the cocktail it was named for. I’m glad to be proven wrong, because this could be really good and easy for parties!

  2. It is pretty good. I love mojitos and this is a quick way to enjoy one without having to pay 10 dollars for one at a bar or restaurant.

  3. Have tried it and it is realy good. For an extra kick I aded a little sugar two or three mint leaves and a little more bacardi :) :)

  4. A mojito consists entirely of a little sugar, mint leaves, lime, rum, and some soda (sparkling water/carbonated water). All you needed to do was add lime and soda to your ingredients and you would have had a fresh, homemade mojito.

    The trouble with these ready-to-drink concoctions is that they’ve been getting weaker and weaker. They started out around 12.5% alcohol by volume (25 proof), but now they’re down to 10% and I saw something in a small silver paper box that’s at 8%. Maybe my math or thinking is faulty, but that means that a 1.75 liter bottle has .175 liters of booze (which is 5.9 ounces). The other 1.575 liters (or 53.25 ounces, 6.65 cups) is corn syrup, water, non-dairy creamer if it’s a creamy drink, and whatnot. Considering these things run about $15 a bottle, and you’re mostly only interested in the booze, that’s $15 for 6 ounces of booze.

    At that proof, they taste AWFUL. There’s so much corn syrup, and the alcohol used is so terrible, that they are just about undrinkable. The bottles say you should blend them with ice or whatever, but that just makes them even weaker. And the cheap alcohol used gives terrible hangovers, if you don’t end up sick from the sugar or the sheer quantity of liquid imbibed. You’d be much better off getting a pint (16 ounce, or 2 cup, or 273 milliter) bottle of something top-shelf at the store and making your own drinks. It’s much better than willingly purchasing what would otherwise be the cast-off dregs from some well-known company (Kahlua, Bacardi, Jose Cuervo, whatever) and paying more than double their normal price for it.

    BTW, 12.5% of a 1.75 liter bottle is .218 liters, or 7.37 fluid ounces. My favorite converter for these things is found here http://www.unitconversion.org/ (no affiliation, I also use http://www.onlineconversion.com/ ) .

  5. Chips – OF COURSE it’s better to make a drink fresh, but for those without mint, in a hurry, or looking to serve a whole lot of people in a limited time, this is one of the few premixed cocktails that works reasonably well.

  6. Chips – and BTW this one is 15% alcohol, as noted in the review.

  7. Oh, I agree. I used to buy them quite a bit, just for the convenience. I just thought it was kind of funny (as in merry, not odd) putting so much extra into a ready-to-drink. The poster did have mint. S/he was >< that close to adding a mojito to a mojito! :)

    The rest was just my experiences. The ABV has been getting lower, and the alcohol (and all other ingredients, for that matter) used seems to be getting harsher and of lower quality. And oh man, so much sweetener now, and not in a good way. I thought it was just my imagination, but I’ve tried different varieties of the RTDs, and they all seem to be suffering the same fate.

    Great blog, btw. Your reviews are excellent, balanced and interesting and without a lot of dear-diary sidetracking that some other drink-review blogs are a bit heavy on, and I really enjoy the nice big pictures. Also, you always remember to include the ABV and the price and size of the bottle, which other sites omit entirely, or are hit-or-miss on. You picked some products that are pretty unusual but that I’ve been very curious about, too… the acai liqueur, the green tea, the Heering and other reviews that I’ve found just today poking around the liqueurs tag. It’s hard to find high-quality reviews of liqueurs to begin with, and finding those unusual products reviewed was a real treat. I see them in various stores, so reading about your impressions was quite interesting. FWIW, I was surprised that your “mixers” tag didn’t include any of the pre-made mixers, for Bloody Marys, margaritas, pina coladas, and so on. Since you covered the Bacardi Mojito, I thought that’s what the mixers would cover.

  8. Chips – I should note that I write all the reviews/coverage on the site. So the poster is me (and is always). Good point on the mint though… I did throw that out there. As for other mixers, they aren’t a huge priority for me, but do stay tuned… the site ain’t over yet and there’s always more in the hopper!

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  11. “We did a blind taste test tonight. I picked the home made mojito. I did not see the drinks being prepared and I was blindfolded when I drank them. The Bacardi mojito was good if you have never had a mojito, but once you make them homemade, you know the difference!”

  12. This mix was horrid, simply for the quality of the alcohol. The taste is not terrible, but it is a bit sickly sweet (even for a mojito) and you can taste almost none of the mint flavor. In a blind taste test I’m not sure I would know it to be a mojito at all. That said, the reason for my review is because of the UNBELIEVABLE hangover it left me with after only 3 medium sized glasses. I’ve never contemplated asking a company for a refund on alcohol until now…Soley on principle. My boyfriend had 1 glass and woke up with a migraine and take note that we slept until 11:30 AM!!! That’s the latest I’ve slept in the past year, and I woke up with a slamming headache so painful I had to take 5 ibuprofen and get back in bed. Do not buy this. You’d have to pay me in advance for loss wages and then some for me to have a glass…Dumped the rest of the liter down the sink and I’m not one to waste, I just don’t have any enemies to give it to.

  13. Lilly – it’s possible things have changed with this product since its 2008 release and review… CN

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