BACARDÍ, SANTA TERESA and PYRAT Host Mixology Event to Celebrate Old Fashioned Month with Reimagined Rum Twists on the Classic Cocktail

On Tuesday, November 9th, in celebration of Old Fashioned Month, Bacardi invited dark spirits lovers to discover and experience the New Old Fashioned — a tried-and-true cocktail classic with sophisticated premium rum twists featuring BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, SANTA TERESA 1796 and PYRAT XO Reserve.

Much like the Old Fashioned cocktail itself, rum has a storied history and long heritage. Both have been around for over a century, and during Tuesday’s intimate mixology event at Las’ Lap in New York, guests were able to discover new ways of recreating the Old Fashioned using Bacardi’s finest spirits.

To kick off the night, guests were greeted with a traditional Old Fashioned cocktail, made with Angel’s Envy Bourbon Whiskey, before embarking on a night of cocktail building during which they got the chance to mix up New Old Fashioned cocktails, made with three different premium rums.

Fanny Chu, BACARDÍ Rum Aficionado, began the mixology session by teaching guests how to make her version of the BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Old Fashioned, which she made with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, Tiki bitters and banana liqueur. Based-off of the original recipe from the family reserve created in 1862, BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho is barrel-aged for a minimum of eight years with a rich, velvety body.

Next up to teach the crowd how to mix a New Old Fashioned was Marlo Gamora, SANTA TERESA Brand Ambassador. Marlo led the crowd in creating the SANTA TERESA 1796 Coffee Old Fashioned, mixed with SANTA TERESA 1796, Demerera syrup and coffee bitters. SANTA TERESA is a bold and elegant Venezuelan single estate rum with blends aged up to 35 years in bourbon oak barrels.

Gio Gutierrez, PYRAT Brand Ambassador, ended the night by showing guests how to create the PYRAT XO Reserve Old Fashioned. This cocktail is made with PYRAT XO Reserve, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and Peychaud’s bitters. An amber-hued blend of Caribbean rums aged up to 16 years, PYRAT is expertly crafted for richness and complexity.

Beginning next week, cocktail connoisseurs around the nation can experience a rum Old Fashioned for themselves by purchasing one (or all!) of Cocktail Courier’s Bacardi Limited Old Fashioned kits available online through the month of November. In the meantime, head on over to to view the recipes from all three brands and learn a bit of the history of the Old Fashioned cocktail.

Dark spirits lovers based in NYC can also head to the following bars through the month of November to sample a New Old Fashioned: Las’ Lap — BACARDÍ Ocho Old Fashioned; Analogue — SANTA TERESA Coffee Old Fashioned; Fats Duvall’s Rhum Café — PYRAT Old Fashioned.



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