|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The belladonna is one of the easiest tiki-style cocktails you can make. All you have to remember is that the five ingredients (two types of rum and three juices) are poured equally, shaken, and strained over ice. The result is a quick rum fruit punch.
The beauty of this mix is its simplicity. It offers the refreshingly sweet-sour taste of cranberry, orange, and pineapple juices. When that blend is backed up by both a dark and light rum, the drink has a wonderful depth of flavor that's hard to beat.
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Serve and enjoy!
- Since they're mixed with strongly flavored juices, there's really no need to pour your best rum into a belladonna. A good mid-shelf brand should make a perfectly delicious drink.
- This recipe is easy to make by the pitcher or increase to fit a punch bowl. Since all the ingredients are equal, there's no need for math, either! Simply increase all of the ingredients in proportion for the number of servings needed.
- For a punch, it's also really nice with a little soda or sparkling wine.
- Serve it short on the rocks or up in a cocktail glass if you like.
There are a number of variations of the belladonna. It is a popular name, not only for its translation from Italian to mean "beautiful lady" but also because it's the name for deadly nightshade, a medicinal (and potentially poisonous) plant. Both associations are a perfect fit for potent cocktails.
- Some drinkers prefer to pour spiced rum rather than dark rum.
- One variation adds 1/4 ounce of grenadine and (sometimes) 1 ounce of grapefruit juice to the belladonna recipe. This will result in a sweeter cocktail.
- There's another belladonna that's completely different. This recipe uses 1 1/2 ounces each of Cynar and grapefruit juice in an ice-filled collins glass, topping it with Prosecco and a grapefruit garnish.
- A drink sometimes called the bella donna daiquiri (or just bella donna) is made with 1 1/2 ounces each of Goslings Black Seal Rum and amaretto, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, and 1/4 ounce simple syrup. The ingredients are shaken with ice and served in a cocktail glass. Some variations replace the juice and syrup with as much as 1 ounce of sour mix.
How Strong Is a Belladonna?
This particular belladonna is definitely not the strongest drink you can mix up. In fact, it's about the same as drinking a glass of wine. The juices offset the two rums, so if those are both 80 proof, the drink should weigh in around 14 percent ABV (28 proof).