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We present you the cocktail which, when prepared well, becomes the badge of honor for any bartender. We are talking about the Daiquiri. Well, the daiquiri is a rum sour and is made of three very simple ingredients – the rum as its main spirit, sugar syrup as the sweetener and the lime juice for the citrus. But do not undermine it because of its simplicity. Bartenders and mixologists have spent their lives preparing badge after badge of daiquiri to attain the perfect acid-sweetness balance of the drink. 

The Origins 

July 19th is celebrated as the National Daiquiri Day. If there’s a day named after a drink, you’ve got to know a little more about it than just the name and the key ingredients.

Daiquiri, apart from being the fun cocktail that it is, is also a town 14 miles to the east of Santiago de Cuba. Many believe Jennings Coax, an American miner, to have invented the drink here around 1898. As the story goes, Cox experimented with Bacardi rum and other ingredients available to him to eventually produce the first Daiquiri. However, the daiquiri became popular in America when Rear Admiral Lucius W. Johnson brought it with him to the Army and Navy club in Washington, D.C.

The daiquiri became popular during WWII with the rationing of spirits such as whiskey and vodka and the rum instead being easily available from Latin America. Today, there are endless variations to this cocktail and a list of high profile fans including President JFK and the writer Earnest Hemingway who even has one daiquiri recipe named after him. Daiquiri is one of the six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s classic ‘The Fine Art Of Mixing Drinks.’


A well made daiquiri is something simple, filigree and yet powerful, with a sour sweetness and the aroma of rum to it. The magic of daiquiri, as in many other cocktails, lies in the acid-sweetness balance. It can turn out too sweet, too sour or the rum could be too dominant, but keep in mind, it’s the balance that’ll sail your ship! 

This cocktail has a sweetness of rum and sugar combined with the acidic lime to produce an all in all refreshing yet a little tipsy drink. Daiquiris are best served ice cold. The freshness of all three ingredients is heavily lifted up with the coolness of ice, lots of ice!


  • White Rum – 2 oz
  • Lime juice – 1 oz
  • Sugar syrup – 1 oz
  • Ice cubes 
  • Lime zest for garnish


  1. Put all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice cubes.
  2. Shake vigorously for around 10-12 seconds.
  3. Strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass 
  4. Add some lime zest for the garnish and aroma and serve!


The daiquiri cocktail uses limes as it’s citrus source. You might wonder why in so many cocktails, lime plays such an important part. Well, any good cocktail is about the balance of flavors. And citrus ingredients are used widely in cocktails to bring together two or more distinct flavors and make a harmonious, delicious and unique balance of them. 

You must pay due attention to the proper usage of lime in your daiquiri. There is obviously nothing like fresh lime juice. One of the easiest and best ways is to just squeeze the lime juice and put it in your cocktail shaker, ready to go!

There is one more way though! Lime oxidizes very quickly. And such little details can help elevate the taste of your cocktail. You can squeeze your limes and store the juice for 8-10 hours before using it. This will give you a more mellow and balanced lime juice and a more aromatic cocktail overall.

Keep in mind : Rest the lime juice at max for 8-10 hours. If kept longer than that, it might begin to taste bitter.


Traditionally and popularly, daiquiris are made with lime only. You won’t find a lot of places where lemons are being used in a daiquiri cocktail. Well, this should not stop you from using lemons instead of lime in your version of the cocktail. 

Feel free to experiment with lemons in your cocktail, but just be aware of how it’s going to impact your cocktail. As we also talked in our previous article on the margarita cocktail, lemons mostly have citric acid which hits and fades away from your palate, both very quickly. But limes have malic acid along with citric acid which makes the taste last a little longer and gives an extended mouthfeel. 

Many people do actually enjoy using lemons in place of limes. Go on and experiment with your cocktail to experience the magic of very subtle, light changes in the taste.


Well, it is not an absurd idea to begin with! If you are into playing with the ingredients, try half an ounce lime juice with half an ounce lemon juice. Just keep the proportions and ratios in check so you keep the balance of the overall drink intact.


Remember the daiquiri is a very versatile drink. There are rums of varying proofs and varying taste profiles depending upon the brand and the region where it is made. Although white rum is widely used in daiquiris, dark rum has its own fan base too. The white rum generally packs in it the refreshing punch and is sharp and bright while the dark rum is overall smoother and more mellow. So, the base line remains, drink what you like!

Daiquiri has its origins in Cuba. Cubans have been mixing all kinds of rums with lime and sugar for centuries. Traditionally white, Spanish style rum which has a dry and crisp taste profile with nuanced flavors is used to make daiquiris. The white rum is aged for less time than other varieties and is silver/white in color. 

The dark rum is aged for longer durations in wooden or oak barrels which gives them a deep and dark color. The aging gives the rum a much rounder, bolder flavor profile. The golden or amber rum, for example, gets it’s signature color and the sweet,rich flavor from aging. The black rum is aged for the longest time and has a characteristic dark color with a smoky-sweet flavor.

Rum is a spirit getting widely popular. But it is definitely not the simplest one. It has so many variations and subtleties to it. There are spiced rums too which are aged usually as long as the dark rums with added spices and caramel colorings to give it a sweet-spicy taste.

The popular daiquiri variation ‘Ti Punch is made from rhum Agricole, which has a more grassy and vegetal taste to it because it is distilled directly from pressed cane sugar instead of  sugarcane byproducts such as molasses as in the case of rum. Jamaican rum is used famously in Planter’s Punch. Myers’s rum, a famous Jamaican rum brand, sold a Planter’s Punch rum specifically to be used for this cocktail. 


Whichever rum it is you decide upon for your daiquiri, we’ve got the perfect list of recommendations for you below:


  • Bacardi Superior White Rum ($15.67) : The first Daiquiri is believed to be made with a Bacardi rum only. The Bacardi Superior White Rum has 40% ABV,comes from Puerto Rico and makes up for a perfect daiquiri. It offers strong floral and fruity notes.
  • Flor de Caña 4 Extra Seco ($17.99) : Aged for 4 years with 40% ABV, this one is a light bodied pure rum offering aromas of almonds and vanilla. The taste profiles linger around flavors of white chocolate and orange essence. The rum offers an amazing crisp and dry finish.
  • El Dorado 3 Year ($19.99) : This one comes straight from Guyana. Aged for 3 years with 40% ABV, this rum has an upfront sweetness of lemon, orange peel and cane sugar, the tropical fruits and berries in the middle and hints of cacao and bitter molasses at the back.
  • Plantation 3 stars ($19.99) : One of the most loved rums for the daiquiri cocktail is a suave blend of the three different terroirs – Barbados, Jamaican and Trinidad. This rum has a full flavor of cane and is a classic in white rums.
  • Havana Club Añejo 3 year old ($28.56) : Another favorite of daiquiri lovers, the Havana club is 100% cane made and aged in Cuba from local sugarcane molasses. This one combines the fresh, green notes of sugarcane with the fruity notes of Carribean rum. 
  • Banks 5 Island Rum ($32.99) : Amongst the most loved daiquiri spirits, Banks 5 Island offers notes of cinnamon, cream, spice and vanilla and comes with 43% ABV. This one, coming from five distilleries, is a posh and characterful rum.


  • Doorly’s 5yo Amber Rum ($13.49) : This one is aged for 5 years in American white oak casks. The rum starts off with honey and vanilla notes and ends with flavors of oak spice, toasted coconut with a little nuttiness. This could be your starter for the dark rum daiquiri.
  • El Dorado Rum 8 years ($25.99) : A highly loved dark rum for the daiquiri cocktail is laid down for 8 years in oak barrels to produce a smooth and characterful blend. The rum offers rich hints of tobacco mixed with caramel toffee and faint aroma of dried stone fruits and flambée banana. 
  • Havana Club 7 year old Cuban Rum ($29.71) : The popular Cuban rum is aged for seven years to give it its characteristic dark color. Strong notes of oak spice, gingerbread and banana make for an overall rich and ripe rum.
  • Santa Teresa 1796 Solara Rum ($45.99) : This premium dark rum is distilled in Venezuela, in oak barrels previously used for bourbon. This results in a rum which has a dry and smooth character and yet bold and crisp for your daiquiri cocktail.
  • Ron Zacapa 23 ($49.99) : This one comes with sweet honey and vanilla flavors with a spicy touch of cinnamon and gingerbread. The Ron Zacapa is distilled from virgin sugar cane honey to produce a robust and complex flavored rum.


  • Rhum Barbancourt 5 star 8 years ($29.69) : Aged for 8 years, Rhum Barbancourt is distilled from pure cane juice. This powerful smooth rum offers a perfect balance of flavor and finish, with its bold tones and complex flavor, including fruitz vanilla and pepper 
  • Rhum Clement Premier Canne ($32.99) : The Rhum Clement comes from the island of Martinique. The aromatic notes of sugar cane and cola nut combined with subtle sugary and vanilla notes gives an all round spirit for your cocktail.
  • Rhum JM Blanc 50 ($39.98) : This one makes a mark for its wild, funky earthiness along with an aromatic explosion. The intense and rich flavors of fresh sugarcane and tropical fruit give it a distinct edge.
  • Neisson Blanc 52.5 Rhum ($73.99) : This rum is entirely made from sugar cane plate of Thieubert. An all round cane forward spirit with strong grassy notes and mild spice makes for a fragrant and bold rum.


We all know the importance of presenting your cocktails well. Glassware is such an essential part of the cocktail experience. The coupé or maritni glasses are popular for serving daiquiris. You may also try out other cocktails glasses such as the Tempered margarita glass or the beautiful Fiesta Hurricane glass.

You must remember though, whichever glass you are going to use, do not forget to put your glass in the freezer for at least half an hour before you use it. It is essential to chill your glasses for such massive short drinks, as daiquiri, that you want to sip away comfortably despite their small size.


The daiquiri has stood the test of time. The drink is constantly experimented and played with. Every cocktail lover will share their own recipe of the daiquiri. Some of the popular variations are listed below.

  1. Frozen Daiquiri is the cold, icy textured version of this cocktail. You simply blend the ingredients in a blender with ice instead of shaking it in a shaker and you’ve got your very own frozen daiquiri.
  1. Banana Daquiri is served frozen. The banana compliments the rum in this version of the drink. Simply blend and puree some banana slices along with the other ingredients of the daiquiri in a blender and serve it with some maraschino cherries on top.
  1. Strawberry Daiquiri is one the most popular versions of the cocktail. The beautiful red colored cocktail can be prepared easily by blending strawberry with other daiquiri ingredients in a blender or by combining fresh strawberry juice with the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  1. Mango Daiquiri packs the juiciness of the fruit and brings in a beautiful, vibrant yellow color to the cocktail. Simply blend the Mango with the rum, lime and sugar syrup to taste this juicy variation of the cocktail.
  1. Pineapple Daiquiri brings the tropical magic of the fruit to this classic cocktail. Chopped pineapple slices can be blended with daiquiri ingredients in a blender to prepare a frozen version or fresh pineapple juice can be combined in a shaker with the rest of the ingredients to serve it on the rocks.
  1. Hemingway or Floridita Daiquiri is of course named after one of the well known lovers of this cocktail, Earnest Hemingway. Hemingway didn’t prefer sugar in his daiquiri. So this one is rather dry to taste and uses rum, lime juice along with grape juice and the maraschino liqueur. Shake them well and you’re ready to go.
  1. Raspberry daiquiri’s deep red color is here to tempt your palate. This one is served either frozen with raspberries blended with other ingredients in a blender or shaken by muddling the raspberries with other daiquiri ingredients and fine straining into a glass.
  1. Nuclear Daiquiri is no ordinary drink. It is not only one of the very modern twists to the cocktail but also a very strong one. This version uses rum and lime juice (no sugar syrup) along with green chartreuse and velvet falernum. Shake them well and you’ll love this exquisite version.
  1. The Ti’ Punch actually simplifies making a daiquiri even more. Instead of adding lime juice, you simply add a slice of lime with the rum and sugar syrup and serve. Yeah, that’s it and you’ve got this one of a kind drink!
  1. Planter’s Punch is also called the dark rum daiquiri. It is prepared simply by shaking dark rum, mostly Jamaican, lime juice and simple syrup topped with bitters for garnish. 

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