Although you probably drink them in a bathing suit, on the beach, frozen and in a big gulp cup, Daiquiri making is the true test of any bartender. The rumor is that you can tell a bartender’s prowess by the way in which she makes a Daiquiri.
What might appear to be only a simple mix of white rum, lime juice and simple sugar can be easily ruined without the right touch. So practice, practice, practice.
Saying that, it is easy to make it well enough at home to imbibe a few in the practicing. I’m sure you’ll get it right more times than wrong – it is one of those perfect combinations.
Where was the Daiquiri born?
As we know, cocktail history is a little unreliable, especially when it comes to classic cocktails like the Daiquiri. It’s hard to imagine that local Cubans weren’t drinking the simple mix of lime, rum and sugar before an American engineer walked into the small town of Daiquiri.
Supposedly Jennings Cox, sent to work on a mining project there, replaced gin with rum when the former ran out and, boom, the Daiquiri was born. It did impress an Admiral Lucius Johnson who is said to have introduced it to his buddies at the Army & Navy Club in DC.
The most famous drinker of the cocktail has to be Ernest Hemingway who propped up El Floridita Bar in Havana, his favorite stomping ground.
You can pay homage to the great American writer and his cocktail, if you find yourself in that part of the world. I don’t suggest having 17 at once, which was once his record.
Maybe that’s why he preferred his own take on the Daiquiri, now known as the Hemingway Daiquiri – less sugar, more rum, and a hint of grapefruit juice!
John F. Kennedy also loved a Daiquiri and many were poured in the White House during his term.
What is a Daiquiri
A Daiquiri is one of those easy three ingredient cocktails including white rum, sugar syrup, and lime juice. I am using Bacardi Rum in this recipe because it just wouldn’t feel right not using a Cuban rum in this very Cuban cocktail!
You can change the ratio as much as you like. I like a big bang of rum, so I use least 2 oz or 60ml. Sometimes I want it a little sweeter, so I add more sugar. It’s really up to you!
Although it is traditionally made with white rum, a Daiquiri can also be served with dark, aged, spiced or any rum you have in the house. It can also be served neat, on ice and frozen.
How to make the Daiquiri
Fresh ingredients are so important – so please, please, please use fresh lime juice! I love this lemon squeezer which can be used with limes as well! It has holes on the bottom that fit right over the jigger, making it super easy to get the perfect amount of lime.
- Add 3/4 oz (25 ml) of that lime juice to a shaker and then add the sugar syrup.
I make my own sugar syrup. It takes about 2 minutes. Just measure out half of a cup (100ml) of white sugar into a pot and add the same amount of water. Heat until dissolved, let it cool, then pour into a glass container. It can keep in the fridge for months.
- Add 3/4 oz (25 ml) of sugar syrup to the shaker.
Always add in the spirit last. Just in case you made a mistake, you don’t want to waste any of that precious liquid. I always promote the use of the best spirits on the market. Don’t skimp! Invest in a good spirit and your cocktail will always be so much better.
- Finally add in 2 oz (50 or 60 ml) of rum!!
Next fill the shaker with ice. Make sure your ice is fresh, since it can absorb the odors in your freezer. You don’t want your cocktail tasting like your leftovers!
- Now shake, shake, shake!
- Use your Hawthorne strainer to strain the gorgeous liquid into a coupe glass.
I collect vintage glasses and find them at antique stores or on Etsy at my favorite on-line shop!
- Top with a lime wheel and you are good to go!
Here is the recipe!
- 2 oz White Rum
- 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
- 3/4 oz Lime Juice
- Garnish: Lime Wheel
- Add rum, simple syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker
- Fill shaker with ice and shake until chilled
- Strain cocktail into a coupe glass
- Garnish with lime wheel
For UK measurements, please use my handy Cocktail Measurements Converter!
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