Episode #025 – Daiquiris

The classic Daiquiri – one of the most widely loved cocktails on the planet.  Whether being romanticized by writers like Ernest Hemingway, or enjoyed by anyone on a beach on nearly any continent, the Daiquiri takes its place based on its simplicity. Rum, as the byproduct of the process of making molasses, plays an historically important role in the history of American cocktails, and we only scratch the surface with this episode.

Daiquiri Recipe – Three Ways:

Classic DaiquiriClassic 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.

  • Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe2 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.

Note: the biggest alternative for Daiquiris will be in how you play with the sugars. The rum and lime juice make for a pair for the ages: we don’t suggest straying too far from that combo (though feel free to experiment with different limes and use aged, spiced, and dark rum in addition to the classic white rum). Sugar variations will mark your best departures for this classic.

Other Features:

Cocktails 101: The Daiquiri by Eater: a great summary about a great drink. So much has already been written that we can only give you a starting point. Enjoy imbibing your way through the history of this drink.