Barracuda Cocktail


Updated: 12/26/23

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The Barracuda cocktail is a sweet and refreshing drink that owes its distinctive character to the inclusion of Galliano liqueur.

Galliano, officially known as Liquore Galliano L’Autentico, traces its roots back to 1896 when Tuscan distiller Arturo Vaccari created this unique herbal liqueur. The name itself pays homage to Giuseppe Galliano, the military hero of the First Italo-Ethiopian War. Crafted with precision and a commitment to quality, Galliano is a sweet liqueur with a distinctive vanilla-anise flavor profile, complemented by subtle notes of citrus and woodsy herbs.

What sets Galliano apart from other anise-flavored liqueurs, such as ouzo, sambuca, anisette, and pastis, is its prominent vanilla top note. This flavor nuance adds a layer of complexity and richness to Galliano, making it a versatile and sought-after ingredient.

The Barracuda cocktail has its origins in the late 1950s, thanks to the creativity of Italian bartender Benito Cuppari. Cuppari was working aboard the Cristoforo Colombo cruise liner when he developed the recipe, and since then, the Barracuda has sailed its way into the hearts of cocktail enthusiasts around the world.

The cocktail is named after the Barracuda Beach Club in Portofino, which was managed by a friend of his.

The foundation of the Barracuda is laid with the inclusion of gold rum. This choice of rum adds depth and warmth to the cocktail, providing a robust base for the other ingredients to build upon.

The star of the show, Galliano, takes center stage with its sweet vanilla-anise flavor. This liqueur not only contributes to the cocktail’s unique taste but also adds a touch of elegance and complexity.

The tropical sweetness of pineapple juice infuses the Barracuda with a refreshing and fruity note. It balances the richness of the rum and the sweetness of Galliano.

To introduce a zesty and citrusy element, fresh lime juice is added. This ingredient not only brightens the overall profile but also provides a crisp counterpoint to the sweetness of the Galliano and pineapple.

The finishing touch comes in the form of Prosecco, a sparkling wine that adds effervescence and a touch of sophistication to the Barracuda. This element elevates the cocktail, making it suitable for both casual and upscale occasions.

Barracuda Cocktail Recipe

  1. 45 ml gold rum

  2. 15 ml Galliano liqueur

  3. 60 ml pineapple juice

  4. 15 ml fresh lime juice

  5. Prosecco, to top

  6. Ice

  7. Garnish: pineapple wedge

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How to Make a Barracuda Cocktail

  1. Add the gold rum, Galliano liqueur, pineapple juice, and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a highball glass.

  4. Top off with Prosecco.

  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

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