Bacardi is celebrating 150 years of bringing people together.


Bacardi was founded in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, when Don Facundo Bacardí Massó purchased a small distillery. After years of experimenting, Bacardi revolutionized the spirits industry by pioneering and developing many rum-making standards.

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December 13, 2012

Bacardi Celebrates Culmination of Its Milestone 150th Anniversary with Time Capsule to be Opened in 50 Years

Historic birthday celebrated and embraced by millions around the world; sets stage for continued growth

Hamilton, Bermuda, December 13, 2012 -- Bacardi Limited caps off the yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary with the creation of a commemorative time capsule to symbolize the unity, passion and pioneering spirit of Bacardi-the Company, family and iconic rum brand. The time capsule acts as a living snapshot of the Company in 2012 and also carries messages from current-day employees to Bacardi employees of 2062-50 years from now-to honor the enduring Bacardi legacy when it is opened on its 200th anniversary.

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Our Heritage

Bacardi is a family, a company and a brand. Join us as we honor our past and celebrate our future.

Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó was a man of enormous vision and passion. His descendants continue to produce BACARDI rum, the world's best-selling and most-awarded rum, under its original and proprietary formula, using the pioneering process including distillation, charcoal-mellowing, filtering, aging and blending techniques he created and mastered in Santiago de Cuba in 1862 - 150 years ago. As tastes evolve and new trends take over, cocktails come and go. However, legendary BACARDI rum cocktails have been enjoyed for more than a century, creating a unique mark on society and forming and integral part of the cocktail culture we enjoy today.
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2012 Celebration

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To celebrate 150 years of bringing people together, family-owned Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, is commemorating the founding of Bacardi the company and its iconic BACARDÍ rum brand with a yearlong celebration in 2012.
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Our Global Operations

We stand for quality and passion. Since our foundation we have been committing ourselves to inspire demanding consumers and customers with unique brands and premium services. This is the legacy of our founder, Don Facundo Bacardí Massó.
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Heritage Imagery

Snapshots of the incredible history of Bacardi -- from humble beginnings in Cuba to now being the largest privately held spirits company in the world.

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Learn more about what else happened in 1862.

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Limited-Edition BACARDI Rum Decanter

To honor 150 years of Bacardi rum-making expertise and craftsmanship, eight Maestros de Ron (Master Blenders), all Bacardí family members, have combined their extraordinary talents to create a very special, limited-edition BACARDI Rum—Ron BACARDÍ® de Maestros de Ron, Vintage, MMXII. A blend of the finest rums laid to rest in oak barrels over the last 20 years and finished in 60-year-old oak barrels, the vintage blend is presented in a hand-blown 500ml crystal decanter housed in a leather case and retails for US$2,000. Truly limited, only 200 decanters are available for purchase at a select group of international airports and premium retail establishments around the world.
Bacardi celebrates rum-making art
Fine art of BACARDI MMXII Vintage
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Orginal BACARDI Cuba Libre

Recipe: 2 parts: BACARDI® Superior Rum 4 parts: COCA-COLA ® (bottled) 2: Lime Wedges

Glass: Highball/Collins Glass
Garnish: Lime Wedge
Method: Fill a Highball glass with cubed ice. Squeeze & drop a fresh lime wedge into the glass. Pour in BACARDI Superior Rum and top with chilled COCA-COLA®, ideally bottled. Stir gently. One of the world’s favorite cocktails, a simple, perfectly balanced mix. The squeeze of the lime makes all the difference. Do this first, over the ice, then add the BACARDI Superior Rum.
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Employee Reflections

Recognizing the incredible dedication of our valued employees, those with more than 25 years of service share their experiences in a series of videos. All together, these long-serving employees represent more than 800 years of service.