Bacardi Legacy 2014: The Santorini Cocktail


I’m lucky enough to have travelled to a fair number of places around the world but few hold as special a place for me as Greece. From the history and culture to the landscapes, the people and the laid-back craziness of Greek life, my time there remains some of the fondest memories of my life. Being a lover of good food and drinks however, one of the things that stood out the most to me was the food and drink culture. Complimented by the incredible Mediterranean flavours and sublime tradition of mezze, Greek food and hospitality is centred around a tradition of togetherness that for me, really linked to the idea of togetherness we find in the spirit of Bacardi.

Endlessly warm, beautifully simple, genuine and sincere without a hint of affectation, Greek hospitality also embodies a lot of my personal philosophy on both drinks and what it means to look after a guest. 



Quite simply, The Santorini Cocktail is my attempt to combine the essence of Greek cooking and hospitality with the spirit of Bacardi, served with the sense of togetherness that both are renowned for.


The Santorini Cocktail

35ml Bacardi Superior

15ml Thyme infused Dry Vermouth

5ml Red Wine Vinegar

15ml Salted Sugar Syrup

15ml Lemon Juice

35ml Cucumber Water

Shake and fine strain into a chilled Champagne Flute

Garnish with a sprig of fresh Thyme Sprig


About Ryan Duvenage

Ryan is an award-winning bartender, trainer and consultant for the Barcode Bar Academy and an enthusiastic ambassador of good drinks. His areas of interests include classic cocktails, cocktail history, wine, spirits and beer. Occasionally coffee too but only at a civilised hour...he is not interested in early mornings. Other interests include guitar, music, books, bodyboarding and travel. He regularly writes about drinks, bars and cocktail culture for several blogs and websites and has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers including Mudl Magazine, The Independent on Saturday, SA Chef!, Food and Home and Men’s Health as well as being featured on several television shows.
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