For a long time I wasn’t really sure what a daiquiri was. I first learned of its existence from old Doonesbury comic strips, back when Duke was governor of Samoa and went through gallons of banana daiquiri. I thought it sounded exotic but disgusting, and never tried one. Recently I became aware that, while there are still horrible sugary-fruity-yuck versions of the daiquiri floating around, the original really didn’t sound that bad: just rum, lime juice, sugar. An actual drink for grownups: a little tart, a little sweet. Huh. We had a bunch of limes left over from our party, so one sunny afternoon I asked Jon to make me a daiquiri. He did. And it was good.

lime slice

Classic Daiquiri

Loads of versions out there, obviously. This one is from Speakeasy, by Kosmas & Zaric. It was tasty. And large.

  • 2 ½ oz Flor de Caña rum (or some other rum, but this is a nice light one)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 1 lime wheel for garnish

Shake the rum, juice and syrup with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lime wheel.

One thought on “daiquiri

  1. The exact rum called for in Speakeasy’s recipe is Flor de Caña 4 year old, white rum. Which just so happens to be the exact type of white rum we have on hand. How convenient. 🙂

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