Belladonna Cocktail

Belladonna Cocktail

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
173 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 173
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 0g
Calcium 8mg 1%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tip

  • 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.

Recipe Variations

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).