El Floridita Daiquiri
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El Floridita Daiquiri
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.8 / 5
The El Floridita Daiquiri is a refreshing, citrus-forward cocktail hailing from the renowned El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, which was a favorite haunt of the American writer Ernest Hemingway. ... more The El Floridita Daiquiri is a refreshing, citrus-forward cocktail hailing from the renowned El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, which was a favorite haunt of the American writer Ernest Hemingway. This variation of the classic Daiquiri is a blend of tangy lime juice, robust white rum, sweet sugar syrup, a touch of maraschino cherry liqueur for a hint of almond-like flavor, and a splash of pink grapefruit juice to add a layer of fruity complexity. Served in a cocktail glass, it offers a balanced mix of sweet and sour notes, perfect for those who appreciate a fruity yet potent sip with a rich history. The El Floridita Daiquiri is often garnished with a maraschino cherry, paying homage to its Cuban roots and the glamorous era of its inception.
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White rum
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Cocktail cherry
Alcohol content
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24.03% | 2.48 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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15ml ½oz 1.5cl
60ml 2oz 6cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
Teaspoon Teaspoon Teaspoon
7.5ml ¼oz 0.8cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

El Floridita Daiquiri balances tartness and sweetness masterfully, combining lime and pink grapefruit juices with sweet maraschino cherry liqueur. This cocktail, robust in flavors, is perfectly mellowed by the rum, delivering a sunny Cuban beach in each sip.

Method
How to make a El Floridita Daiquiri

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a blender with a scoop of ice and blend well
Pour into a coupe glass
Garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the El Floridita Daiquiri?

The El Floridita Daiquiri is named after the famous El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, where it was popularized. This variation of the classic Daiquiri adds maraschino liqueur and pink grapefruit juice to the traditional ingredients, offering a unique twist. The bar, established in 1817, became known for its Daiquiris when bartender Constantino Ribalaigua began crafting them in the early 20th century.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish should I use for the El Floridita Daiquiri?

A traditional garnish for the El Floridita Daiquiri includes a thin slice of lime or a lime twist. To complement its unique flavor profile, a maraschino cherry can also be added for both visual appeal and a nod to the maraschino cherry liqueur used in the cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute a different type of rum in the El Floridita Daiquiri?

Yes, while white rum is traditional and preferred for its clean, light flavor, you can substitute it with other types of rum. Dark rum can add a richer, more molasses-like profile, or aged rum for a smoother, more complex flavor. However, these substitutions will alter the cocktail's traditional taste and appearance.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Is it better to shake or blend the El Floridita Daiquiri?

The traditional method for preparing an El Floridita Daiquiri involves shaking the ingredients with ice and then straining into a chilled cocktail glass. This method is preferred to preserve the cocktail's texture and clarity. Blending is typically reserved for frozen Daiquiris and can result in a different texture and dilution level.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve an El Floridita Daiquiri?

An El Floridita Daiquiri is best served in a chilled cocktail glass to maintain its cold temperature. The glass should be pre-chilled in the freezer or by filling it with ice before preparing the cocktail. Serving it immediately after preparation ensures the cocktail remains cold and refreshing.

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