The classic Daiquiri is a wonderfully simple cocktail consisting of white rum, lime juice, and sugar. That's it. You should always use fresh-squeezed lime juice, as the bottled stuff comes from concentrate and doesn't taste nearly as good (and, in some cases, can even impart some nasty metallic flavors). To avoid getting clumps of granulated sugar in your Daiquiri, we recommend using simple syrup.
The Daiquiri is as classic as they come, but for some reason (likely due to confusion with its frozen siblings) it always seems to get left off of people's shortlists of essential drinks. As far as we're concerned, it should live squarely in the pantheon of legendary drinks with the Old-Fashioned, Martini, Manhattan, and Negroni.
|2 oz white rum|
|1 oz lime juice|
|0.75 oz simple syrup|
Preparation: How to make a Daiquiri
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
- Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.
More about Daiquiri
The Daiquiri is named for a small village in Cuba where it was invented in the early 20th century, but similar drinks have existed for hundreds of years. The combination of rum, citrus, and sugar dates back to the early years of European colonization of the Caribbean, and was used by the British Navy to combat scurvy (and keep their sailors happy at the same time). The classic Daiquiri was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, and more recently the late, great cocktail legend Sasha Petraske. For more, check out our full history of the Daiquiri.