What To Drink Now: BACARDÍ – Sound of rum

 

BACARDÍ debuts the epic new ‘Sound of Rum’ video and soundtrack produced by Swizz Beatz. The ‘Sound of Rum’ mixes the irresistibly uplifting vibe of the rum brand’s Caribbean heritage with the skilled rhythmic tempo of cocktail-making. Celebrating the sounds that make you want to move and shining a spotlight on local bartenders, the track has been recorded using the sounds of the ingredients and tools used to create BACARDÍ cocktails.

Starring in the video are top bartenders Lawrence Gregory (UK); Julia Rahn (Germany); Raysa Straal (Netherlands); Adrian Nino (France); and Nicole Fas (Puerto Rico), who have come together to create their fresh take on the ‘Sound of Rum’. Hip hop artist and long-standing friend of BACARDÍ Swizz Beatz is the Executive Producer of the track.

The Caribbean-inspired video sees a bartender working behind the scenes of a bar as she carries a crate of BACARDÍ down a neon-lit alley. The sound of the bottles clinking launches the track as the shot cuts to the colourful bar and energetic crowd, all dancing to the newly created beat-from-the-bar. Bottle caps are popped as pineapples and lime fruits are rhythmically chopped, while the track fills with a crescendo of sounds and builds to a silent stop. An ice-filled cocktail shaker resumes to create a beat, before a refreshing cocktail is poured.

Each bartender brings their own individual style and energy to the mix; from the UK, bartender Lawrence Gregory also known as the Rum Boss, brings his love of rum and extensive knowledge from The Curtain Hotel to create the Flamingo Domingo, Gregory commented: “Being a part of the Sound of Rum has been really inspiring, what I’ve created is a good fierce cocktail with floral notes and a smooth finish – a light calypso dance on the palate!”

Directed by Tucker Bliss and created and produced by AMV BBDO, the video was shot in a traditional courtyard that was transformed into a fully stocked, vibrant Caribbean-inspired bar and dancefloor for two whole days. The video was shot at pace with precision across every detail, with a tangible energy portrayed in each moment. AMV worked in collaboration with music production company MassiveMusic to ensure every sound was captured live on set for use in the final music track.

Director Tucker Bliss commented: “We took inspiration from the ASMR world, focusing on the instantly recognisable and familiar sounds of the bar – honing in on what rum might sound like. We had such an amazing time breaking down each mixed drink to its core sonic components, to their most simple form, and then building the vibe back up into a new track.”

 

To celebrate the launch of the new campaign, each of the bartenders has crafted an innovative cocktail embodying the Sound of Rum:

 

  • UK bartender Lawrence Gregory brings his extensive knowledge and love of rum to create the Flamingo Domingo, which will be listed at the Curtain hotel bar in London’s Shoreditch
  • Julia Rahn from Germany has channelled her passion for art to create her salty and zesty cocktail Match The Beat, which will be available at Bar Convent Berlin in October and at her new bar ‘Contemporary’ later this year
  • Raysa Straal from The Netherlands has brought her dancing background to the cocktail world with her creation Mi Mundo, which cocktail lovers will be able to enjoy at Tales & Spirits bar in Amsterdam where it’s available upon request throughout September
  • French bartender Adrian Nino, who works daily with over 400 types of rum, has created the Toronto Tropico which will be on the menu at 1802 Bar throughout September and beyond
  • Nicole Fas brings Puerto Rican vibrancy from her winery-bar in San Juan to create the ‘Ritmo Tropical’ which is listed at Bottega

 

Sound of Rum: Cocktail  

Bartender: Julia Rahn

Country: Germany

Cocktail: Match The Beat

 

Recipe:

  • 60ml BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro
  • 20ml Fresh Lime juice
  • 15ml Salted Blueberry Honey Syrup*
  • 5ml Maraschino

Method:

  • Shake and strain into a Coupette glass
  • *Add 1 part of fresh Blueberry juice to 2 parts of honey and add 5g of sea salt

 

Listing:

Available at BCB on the BACARDÍ stand in October  and at her new bar ‘Contemporary’ later in the year

 

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Bartender: Nicole Fas

Country: Puerto Rico

Cocktail: Ritmo Tropical

 

Recipe:

  • 45ml BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro
  • 15ml Martini Bianco
  • 30ml Sweetened Pineapple Juice
  • 15ml Lime Juice
  • 3 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
  • Wash or spray/mist of Absinthe

Method:

  • Shaken, strained and served in a Coupette glass. Garnish with an orange Peel.

Listing:

Available at her own bar The Bottega in San Juan

 

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Bartender: Raysa Straal

Country: Netherlands

Cocktail: Mi Mundo

 

Ingredients:

  • BACARDÍ Carta Blanca 50ml
  • Lime juice 30ml
  • 10 ml Pandan syrup
  • 15 ml raspberry ginger shrub
  • Top: Soda

Method:

  • Shake well and strain into a highball glass with cubed ice
  • Garnish with a pandan leaf and fresh raspberries

Listing:

Available at Tales and Spirits bar in Amsterdam where it’s available upon request throughout September

 

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Bartender: Lawrence Gregory

Country: United Kingdom

Cocktail: Flamingo Domingo

 

Ingredients:

  • BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro 35ml
  • BACARDÍ Carta Blanca 15ml
  • Cognac 10ml
  • Orange liqueur 5ml
  • Falernum Rosé 25ml
  • Chocolate bitters (2 drops)

Listing:

Available at The Curtain Hotel bar in London

 

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Bartender: Adrian Nino

Country: France

Cocktail: Toronto Tropico

 

Ingredients:

  • BACARDÍ  Ocho 45ml
  • Elixir du Duédois Ferroni 10ml
  • Tonka Beans Maple syrup 7.5ml
  • Salted orange bitters (3 dashes)
  • Orange and spices leather

Listing:

Available at The 1802 bar throughout September