The Optimist



Coupe glass
Easy Jigger
Fine sieve


There are approximately 163 calories in one serving of The Optimist.


The Optimist

Difford's Guide
The Optimist image

Serve in a

Coupe glass


Thin cucumber slice.

How to make:

RINSE chilled glass with Yellow Chartreuse and set aside. SHAKE other ingredients with ice and fine strain into rinsed glass.

1/12 fl oz Yellow Chartreuse liqueur
2 fl oz Bacardi Carta Blanca light rum
2/3 fl oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1/6 fl oz Ginger sugar syrup
1/6 fl oz Honey sugar syrup
8 fresh Basil leaves

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“The inspiration for this drink was to make something simple yet delicious, well balanced and with every ingredient playing its own role on the palate. This cocktail is a great example of a drink with easily sourced ingredients that can be replicated anywhere, at any time.

“BACARDÍ Rum is the star of this drink, so I have carefully selected ingredients that go together well and do not dominate each other.

“The name of the drink pays tribute to the spirit of the Bacardí family who produced one of the finest rums in the world, even in the most difficult of times, with a spirit of true optimism.”


Hong Kong BACARDÍ Legacy 2015 winning drink by Devender Sehgal, Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, Hong Kong. Devender’s original recipe calls for 10 ml of both homemade ginger and honey syrups.

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