Daiquiri Recipe – Three Ways

Daiquiri

Three ways to make the traditional rum sour.

The classic Daiquiri is a traditional sour cocktail—and one that uses lime juice instead of lemon. A Daiquiri made well is tart up front, and sweet on the finish. The commonly accepted origin story for the Daiquiri claims the drink was invented by Americans in Cuba shortly after the Mexican-American War as a cure or preventative medicine for malaria. A dubious medical claim, but we’ve not contracted malaria yet, so maybe there is something to it. We do know that Ernest Hemingway was in Cuba when he is credited with his now famous variation.

Classic Daiquiri

  • 2 oz. light (aka white) rum
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • Lime wheel or wedge for garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients in shaker, add ice, and shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add lime wheel or wedge for garnish.

One the rocks: Prepare as directed above, but strain into an ice filled wine glass.

Aged-Rum Daiquiri

A good drink anytime of the year, but also an excellent winter variation on the classic.

  • 2 ½ oz. aged rum (El Dorado 12 year is nice)
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • Lime wheel or wedge for garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients in shaker, add ice, and shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add lime wheel or wedge for garnish.

 

For whom the bell tolls: Ok, ok, here is an acceptable frozen version of the Daiquiri…

Hemingway Daiquiri

This is a variation on the original Hemingway Daiquiri printed in the Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan.

  • 3 oz. light rum
  • 1 ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. maraschino liqueur

Method

Blend with enough ice to nearly fill a 12-ounce Collins glass.

 

Now time for a joke: A doctor always stopped at a local bar after work for a hazelnut daiquiri—a classic Daiquiri with a couple dashes of hazelnut bitters. One day, the bartender ran out of hazelnut bitters so he substituted hickory bitters instead.
The doctor took one sip of the drink and exclaimed, ‘This isn’t a hazelnut daiquiri!’
‘No, I’m sorry’, replied the bartender, ‘it’s a hickory daiquiri, doc.’