Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum

Posted: June 16, 2010 by Ryan in Liquor/Liqueur
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Foo foo drinks may not be for everyone, but if you have a significant other, or spend time amongst people other than truck drivers, at some point you will find yourself buying and serving things that are outside of your comfort zone.  In general I try to stay away from most flavored liquors, preferring to use fresh fruit or juice to add flavor to a cocktail, but Lynn wanted a bottle of Bacardi Torched Cherry, and I felt that after putting up with rum week and the growing collection of whiskey on the shelf, it would be only courteous of me to oblige.

Unsure if it is due to our liquor laws, or just the stock at my regular store, but we had been unable thus far to find a bottle, and a trip to California, land of the magic that is BevMo afforded me the perfect opportunity to pick up a gift for the wife, to check out some cool things I had been reading about, and to practice the art of smuggling all at the same time.

Cherries Jubilee, Cherry Garcia, one of those cherry Astropops from the ice cream truck… you get the idea.  I don’t want to sell this short, the flavor is good, but it is exactly what you would imagine a cherry flavored alcohol would taste like.  We sampled Effen Vodka Cherry last week, and it was similar, but a bit more crisp (hopefully we will get a full review of that another time) where the Bacardi is sweeter from the added sugar which also brings it down to a wimpy 70 proof.

There really aren’t too many things that I can think of to do with this particular drink other than the cocktails listed on Bacardi’s own site, as is the case with all of the flavored vodkas, and now it seems rums, aside from a flavored sour the best use is to get it really cold and shoot it.  We made three drinks with it, what follows was the best.

Bacardi Torched Cherry Burnt Berry

1 oz. Torched Cherry Rum

1 and 1/2 oz. Lemon-lime Soda

1 and 1/2 oz. Pomegranate Juice

Highball Glass full of Ice

Pour ingredients over ice.

Garnish with Lime Wedge and a Maraschino Cherry

Reading that, if you expected anything other than a sweet, cherry-pomegranate flavored concoction, you would be disappointed, otherwise it is not too bad.  Starting with something like the recipe above, and turning it into a tall tea, adding some  gin, cherry brandy, club soda, that sort of stuff may make for a very tasty beverage.  Also, mixing it with a chocolate liqueur and cream would make for a very Cherry Garcia inspired shooter (we are saving that for the Effen).


Two tasters were present, one who lifes fruity flavored drinks and one who prefers cleaner flavors, so the composite should be a decent average.

Bacardi Torched Cherry – Puerto Rico – $14.00

Sippability – 9/8 = 8.5

Mixability – 8/6 = 7

Value – 9/8 = 8.5

Worth Buying Again – 9/6 = 7.5

Composite –  7.875 Good

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