Alec Guinness in ‘Our Man in Havana’ at his local bar where he drank quite a few Daiquiris.
The Daiquiri was invented in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Instead of calling it something bland like a ‘rum sour’ it was named after a local beach, the Daiquiri.
The Classic Daiquiri
The original and simplest –
2 ounces light rum
1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
3/4 ounce simple syrup*
* 1 cup of sugar & 1 cup of water – heat until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is clear.
Add the rum, lime juice and syrup to a shaker with ice. This is a classic so serve it in a classic Nick and Nora cocktail glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime. This can easily become a frozen daiquiri by making it in a blender that will slush the ice.
Hemingway Daiquiri aka Papa Doble
Invented by Ernest Hemmingway when he lived in Havana –
2 ounces light rum
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lime.
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
You don’t need a slush machine for this one –
2 oz dark rum
¾ oz Key Lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
A few strawberries
6 ice cubes
Add the rum, lime juice, syrup, strawberries, and ice to a blender. Mix until you get a slushy consistency. Pour into a coupe and garnish with a sprig of mint.
A subtle hint of banana –
2 ounces dark rum
3/4 ounce banana liqueur
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Garnish: banana slice
Add the rum, banana liqueur, lime juice and syrup into a shaker with ice. No bananas here except for the liqueur and garnish. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a banana slice. You can easily make this a frozen banana daiquiri by making it in a blender with the addition of about a ¼ of a sliced banana.
Some friends returned to the city from their summer house with strawberries. I had some with Wheaties for breakfast and now a frozen strawberry daiquiri for lunch.
• 1 ½ oz light or dark rum • ¾ oz fresh squeezed lime juice • 1 oz simple syrup • A few strawberries • 6 ice cubes • Lime sugar for the rim of the glass • A slice of lime for garnish
Add the rum, lime juice, syrup, and strawberries to a blender. Give it a whirl, first without ice. If it doesn’t appear thick enough add some more strawberries. Instead of whole ice cubes, it’s a good idea to crack them first. Wrap the cubes in a kitchen towel and hit them with a pan or rolling pin. Add the ice to the blender and mix it with the strawberries until you get a slushy consistency. Pour into the lime sugar rimmed glass and garnish with a slice of lime.
For simple syrup, heat 1 part granulated sugar and 1 part water over low heat and stir until the mixture is clear.
For the lime sugar, you need 1 teaspoon of lime zest and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Put it in a food processor and grate for minute or two. Moisten the rim of the glass with a cut lime so the lime sugar sticks. (Thank you, Martha Stewart)
Originally from the Caribbean, swizzle sticks were used by bartenders to mix rum cocktails. It’s a stick made from the wood of a tropical tree called the Quararibea turbinate. Its branches naturally grow outward like the spokes on a wheel. You rub it quickly between your hands and it works something like a whisk.