Daiquiri Recipe: The All-Time Favorite Rum Cocktail Recipe

Daiquiri Recipe

Daiquiri, a drink originally made in Cuba, is a cocktail classic with rum as its primary ingredient. Being the rum beverage that is most ordered around the world, the Daiquiri proudly ranks fifth in Drinks International's The World’s Best-Selling Classic Cocktails 2018 list. Anyone who has had Daiquiri is surely familiar with its pure cocktail perfection, and you're about to witness it yourself! 

Did You Know? National Daiquiri Day is celebrated every July 19 in the US. Share this trivia!

The great thing about Daiquiri is not only its taste, but also its recipe that is incredibly easy to make. 

Daiquiri Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • Lime wheel 

Daiquiri Preparation:

  1. Pour the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker respectively. 
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into chilled coupe glass. 
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve. 
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Did You Know? David Ervin opened the first Drive-Thru Daiquiri Stand in Louisiana in 1982. Share this trivia!

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Recipe Variations

The Daiquiri is actually a family of cocktails, and thus it has a number of amazing versions enjoyed by cocktail lovers worldwide. Here are a few of its variations:
  • Frozen Daiquiri - This tasty summer treat seems more like a dessert than a drink and is well-loved by the people from Daiquiri's place of origin.
  • Hemingway Daiquiri- Crafted in tribute to the writer Ernest Hemingway, this version of the drink boasts the flavor that became Hemingway's favorite. Also known as Papa Doble. 
  • Jasper's Jamaican - Add allspice liqueur, grapefruit segment and grated nutmeg for this Jamaican version. 

Know Your Ingredients!

This amazing cocktail recipe is actually just made up of familiar ingredients! Read more about them here:
  • White Rum - A type of rum; White Rum is distilled from sugarcane for a shorter period of time and is sweeter compared to Dark Rum
  • Fresh lime juice - Squeeze a few pieces of lemon and you've got the usual citrus ingredient found in many cocktail recipes. 
  • Simple Syrup - An easy solution that can be prepared for a few minutes. It is also available in the market. 
  • Lime Wheel - A slice of lime that is a popular choice in garnishing mixes. . 

Bar Accessories 

Even the accessories necessary to create this drink are easy to find, as they’re all commonly used in many cocktail recipes! 
  • Citrus Squeezer - Just in case you prefer making the lime juice at home than buying a ready-made bottle of it. Every now and then you will encounter recipes that include citrus juices so you’ll find the squeezer rather useful. 
  • Shaker Tin - Every mixologist’s best friend; the cocktail shaker holds the ingredients as you combine them together.
  • Cocktail Jigger - No cocktail bar is ever complete without a jigger. It is used to measure the amount of the ingredients you put in the mix.   
  • Cocktail Strainer - The last step in many cocktail recipes is usually straining the mix into a glass, in which you’ll be needing a cocktail strainer so you might as well have one on your shelf. 
  • Coupe glass - In this recipe, we need a chilled coupe glass so make sure to pop these glasses in the fridge for a few hours before preparing the cocktail.

The History 

Simply put, the rum and citrus juice concoction has been used ever since the Cold War. But the person credited in creating the Daiquiri cocktail is Jennings Cox, an American engineer for the iron mines in Cuba, who made the drink as an impromptu punch to serve to his guests after he ran out of gin. He named this drink after the beach nearby, and his original recipe was made of lemons, sugar, Bacardi rum, mineral water and crushed ice. 

Did You Know? Deadshot Daiquiri-an in-game version of the Daiquiri-is a drinkable modifier or Perk-A-Cola in the first-person shooter game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Share this trivia! 

The Rise in Fame

Being widely known as a great summer cocktail, it is no surprise that people worldwide crave for Daiquiri during the hottest days in June-July of every year, and the popularity of the drink suddenly drops every October-November. The countries with the most number of Daiquiri enthusiasts are Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Uruguay, and Jamaica. It is understandable that the Daiquiri has the most number of patrons in Louisiana-the home of the Drive-Thru Daiquiri. Other States that show the same appreciation for the drink include Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, and Florida. President John F. Kennedy and novelist Ernest Hemingway are two iconic people who are known to have Daiquiri as their favorite cocktail. 

The Perfect Pair

If you’re looking for dishes  to serve along with this cocktail, then we highly recommend pairing it with fish, prawns/shrimps or any type of seafood to match the drink’s great taste. 

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