Barracuda Cocktail Recipe

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Barracuda Cocktail

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Our Barracuda Cocktail Recipe

This is a classic cocktail that has five ingredients and is served in a coupe glass. It has a very close relative, the Yellow Bird Cocktail which is basically the same thing, but with half dark and light rums. This Barracuda drink only uses gold rum, although a mellow white rum will work just as well.

Luckily this is one drink that can be traced all the back to it’s original creator, Benito Cuppari who created the cocktail while working on the Cristoforo Colombo cruise liner sometime in the 1950’s.

In 1965 Benito changed ships and joined the SS Michelangelo cruise liner. There he perfected his cocktail while working at Bar Lido and re-named his drink the Barracuda after his friends Barracuda Beach Club in Portofino. The beach club was one of the hottest night clubs in Europe during the 50’s and 60’s and was managed by one of Benito’s closest friends.

Benito later went on to win the 1966 Italian AIBES Long Drink category with his aptly named drink. This helped make the cocktail more established which in turn grabbed Galliano‘s attention, and the manufacturer started using the drink in its promotions which helped spread the drink to the world.

Barracuda Cocktail

Barracuda Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes


  • 1 1/2 ounces gold or white rum
  • 1/2 ounces Galliano liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces of pineapple juice
  • 1 1/4 ounces of lime juice
  • 1 Dash simple syrup
  • 1 ounce of Brute champagne or sparkling wine


  1. Add the first 5 ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake for one minute and pour all of the contents of the shaker into a coupe glass.
  3. add the champagne to the top of the drink.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 147Sugar Alcohols 22.5g

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What’s in a Barracuda Cocktail?

This cocktail consists of one and a half shots of either white or gold rum, one half shot Galliano, one and a half shots of fresh pineapple juice, one and a quarter shots of freshly squeezed lime juice, a dash of simple syrup and a shot of Brute champagne or sparkling wine. Yeah, that’s a bunch of ingredients, but the work is worth it.

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