Technically I’m not supposed to do this

This is a Bacardi Cocktail made with our house light rum, El Dorado Deluxe Silver. That means it’s not really a Bacardi Cocktail as far as Bacardi’s trademark lawyers are concerned. But the name, like the name Sazerac (over which an acquaintance of mine was served a few months back), is now its own semiotic entity, whether the lawyers like it or not. In this case, it means:

2 oz light rum
1/2 oz grenadine
Juice of 1/2 lime

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Some recipes call for an ounce or so of water in this recipe, but I don’t really see the point. The drink is sweet and tangy, and for me sits somewhere between a hurricane and a frozen daquiri made with that canned Bacardi stuff (for which I must admit a profound weakness, particularly in the summer months).

Updated February 2, 2011: A reader has asked for clarification on the legal allusions herein. My friend received a cease and desist order for advertising for sale a Sazerac cocktail which did not contain Sazerac Whiskey [sic – U.S. company]. The matter is a bit dubious to cocktail historians, as neither the current Sazerac trademark holders nor their Whiskey were in existence when the original Sazerac cocktail was invented. But such is the nature of “vigourous defence of trademark.” I, for my part, have not been sued for creating the El Dorado/Bacardi cocktail. Yet.