When it comes to the classic drinks, there aren’t many that are more versatile (or delicious) than the venerable daiquiri.
It’s amazing to me that still to this day when I’m out with friends and tell them I want a daiquiri, they give me this weird look like “Really, bro? What, do you think we’re at an all inclusive in Cabo??”
Contrary to popular believe a daiquiri cocktail is does not contain strawberry.
It’s also not blended.
And in many cases, it’s not even all that sweet.
No, a classic daiquiri simply consists of three ingredients: rum, lime, and sugar.
In fact, it’s so good, and so easy to drink that you’ll often find well seasoned bartenders taking them as shots and calling them “smackeri’s.”
While I don’t suggest going that route, trust me, once you have one, you’ll want to keep going.
And today along with giving you a bit of history on the daiquiri, we’re going to give you the perfect daiquiri recipe that will also unfortunately leave you playing bartender all night at the next party you bust one of these out at.
The History of the Daiquiri Cocktail
You’d never know it, but the the daiquiri became a thing long before spring breaks, all-inclusive resorts, or even blenders were a thing.
The original daiquiri was first invented in a mining town on the southern tip of Cuba called, you guessed it, “daiquiri.”
It was an American mining engineer of all people who came up with it, as he was trying to protect his workers from yellow fever. The lime and the alcohol were both thought to ward off the disease, and the sugar was added just to make it palatable.
Note to self: “Wonder if this works with Coronavirus??”
They began to actually become more popular during the WW2 era of the 1940s when whiskey and vodka became harder to come by.
Fortunately, due to friendly trade agreements with Latin American countries, rum was much easier to get – and the popularity of the drink skyrocketed because of it.
Best Daiquiri Recipe: How to Make a Daiquiri
Now that you know a little bit about daiquiri cocktail, let’s get right down to how to make it.
One of the things I love about the daiquiri is just how easy it is to make, and how many different variations you can create of it.
Soon on this blog we’ll be sharing variations for both a pineapple daiquiri, as well as a strawberry daiquiri that doesn’t suck.
But for now, I’m going to share with you my go to recipe.
It’s funny for such a simple drink there are a lot of different recipes with different ratios out there.
If you want to learn more about what these ratios do to the drink and how best to evolve the daiquiri to your specific tastes, then I highly recommend you check out the book Cocktail Codex from the team behind Death & Co.
It’s probably my favorite cocktail book right now.
To make a daiquiri is remarkably simple.
Combine 2oz of rum, .75oz fresh lime juice, and .75oz of simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with
Shake 15 seconds and double strain into a coupe class.
There you have it, a daiquri meant for someone with a touch of class, rather than a wasted college girl in Cancun.
- Cocktail Shaker
- Hawthorne Strainer
- Chinois Strainer
- 2 oz White rum Bacardi Superior works great
- .75 oz Fresh lime juice
- .75 oz Simple Syrup
- Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker
- Shake well for 15 seconds
- Double strain into coupe class
- Garnish with lime wheel if you'd like.
Other Classic Cocktail Recipes:
- How to Make an Old Fashioned – My favorite classic cocktail, among which so many variations have been made.
- How to Make a Negroni – Another favorite classic, and also one of the easiest drinks to make.
- My favorite Martini Recipe – The Atlas Martini from the world famous Atlas Bar in Singapore, might be the best martini in the world.