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Dulce de Leche: A Cocktail for More than Just “Guys & Dolls”

These days the revived classic cocktail is all the rage. Bacardi has not missed a beat since the return of “Guys and Dolls,” the classic American musical comedy about falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway. The musical returns to the stage March 1, but the vamped up version of the Dulce de Leche which plays a supporting role in this exciting classic takes center stage right now.

Just as the cast of “Guys and Dolls” returns to the stage with fresh faces (Oliver Platt from “Frost/Nixon”-“Nip/Tuck”-“Flatliners” and Lauren Graham from “Gilmore Girls”-“Evan Almighty”) Bacardi brings back the Dulce de Leche with a fresh twist while still embracing the authentic elements of the original cocktail which has been featured in the musical since its popular 1950 debut. Dulce de Leche means “drink me.” With its heavenly, decadent combination of rum, dark chocolate liqueur and sweetened condensed milk there is little wonder this liquid perfection is dessert in a glass. 

Dulce de Leche

1 measure Bacardi Superior Rum

1/2 measure Dark Godiva Liqueur

1/2 measure Sweetened Condensed Milk

Ground Cinnamon and Shaved Chocolate for Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with pinch of ground cinnamon and shaved chocolate.

Bacardi isn’t the only one getting in on the Dulce de Leche cocktail. This one’s been around a while, just not as popular as Broadway will make it out to be in the United States. According to a Diageo press release from 2005, Hispanics have been enjoying “Dulce de Leche straight out of the jar, on bread, or as part of their favorite desserts.” At the time of that media release, Diageo launched Dulseda, “the first super premium creamy liqueur inspired by the taste of the traditional Latin Dulce de Leche – a sophisticated blend of select Caribbean rums and real cream.” This cordial was conceived for Hispanics and from the input of Dulce de Leche lovers of all nationalities. 

Havana Central’s Dulce de Leche Martini

3 measures Dulseda Liqueur

1 measure Vodka

Liquid Caramel Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass drizzled with caramel.

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