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Daiquiri
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The classic cocktail Daiquiri has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the late 1800s in Cuba. It is said to have been invented by an American mining ... more The classic cocktail Daiquiri has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the late 1800s in Cuba. It is said to have been invented by an American mining engineer who mixed white rum, lime juice, and sugar together as a refreshing drink for his workers. Over time, the recipe evolved to include different variations, but the traditional Daiquiri still consists of three simple ingredients: lime juice, white rum, and sugar. The tangy and citrusy lime juice balances out the sweetness of the sugar and the strong kick of the white rum, creating a well-balanced and refreshing flavour profile. This cocktail has become a staple of bars and mixology, loved for its simplicity and versatility. It can be served straight up, on the rocks, or blended with ice, making it the perfect drink for any occasion.
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White rum
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26.67% | 2.4 units *
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Classic
Shaken

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The classic Daiquiri masterfully balances the sharpness of lime juice with the smooth, potent kick of white rum, punctuated by just enough sugar to sweeten the deal without overpowering the cocktail’s iconic freshness. Its historical simplicity is its charm, making it effortlessly refreshing and a true testament to the magic of three perfectly harmonized ingredients.

Method
How to make a Daiquiri

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Stir well to dissolve the sugar
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Daiquiri?

The Daiquiri is believed to have been invented in the late 19th century in Cuba. It's named after the Daiquirí beach near Santiago de Cuba. The drink was supposedly developed by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. The cocktail was popularized in the United States in the early 20th century, especially in the 1940s.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of rum for a Daiquiri?

While the classic Daiquiri recipe calls for white rum due to its clean, light flavor, you can certainly experiment with different types of rum. Aged or dark rums can add depth and a more complex flavor profile to your Daiquiri, though these variations will significantly differ from the light and crisp nature of the traditional version.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Daiquiri?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Daiquiri, often referred to as a 'Virgin Daiquiri.' Simply replace the rum with a mixture of fruit juices or a non-alcoholic spirit substitute. The key is to maintain the balance between the sweetness and the acidity from the lime juice. Adding a bit of sparkling water can also mimic the crispness of the alcohol.

FAQ

How do I prevent my Daiquiri from becoming too watery?

To prevent your Daiquiri from becoming too watery, use cold ingredients and ice cubes made from purified water. Make sure not to over-shake the cocktail, as excessive shaking can dilute it quickly. Shake it just enough to chill the drink thoroughly, usually for about 10 to 15 seconds. Also, serving the Daiquiri in a pre-chilled glass can help keep it cold without diluting it quickly.

FAQ

What's the significance of the glass type for serving a Daiquiri?

Serving a Daiquiri in a cocktail glass, often referred to as a martini glass, not only presents the drink elegantly but also impacts the drinking experience. The wide rim of the glass allows the aroma of the lime and rum to reach the nose, enhancing the flavors. Additionally, the stemmed design keeps the drink cold by preventing hand warmth from transferring to the glass, ensuring the Daiquiri stays chilled longer.

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