The Daiquiri – Love or Loathe it? I say LOVE IT!

We have all had the frozen, sweet concoction that is called a daiquiri. But that is not what a daiquiri is meant to be. A true daiquiri is a classic: elegant, timeless, and perfect for almost every occasion.

Watch how to make the daiquiri here…

The classic daiquiri is made of rum, lime, and sugar — as simple as that. However, it’s the details that make this drink so special. Let’s start with the Limes. In Hemingway’s day , who was known for loving his daiquiri, Key Limes  were used, not the Persian Lime that we find at grocery stores today. The Key Lime was grown in the Florida Key’s but the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926

wiped out the groves. They were replanted with Persian limes which are larger, thicker skinned, less acidic, and less juicy – but they are more resilient. So recipes, like the daiquiri,  that are dated pre-1926 used Key Limes.

Key limes are making a comeback in our grocery stores, but are not always available. If you can get ahold of them I strongly recommend that you use Key Limes for your cocktails. However, you will need to adjust your recipe. Key Limes are more potent, aromatic and flavorful than their larger counterpart. They are quite tart but this is balanced by their delicate floral and occasionally vanilla nose, ie the aroma.

Persian vs Key Lime
Persian vs Key Lime

For sweetness, I prefer to use simple syrup so that the sugar is completely integrated and you do not get any residual sugar at the bottom of your glass, making for a smoother drink. For the Rum: Bacardi Superior works great, but I love Cana Brava. The nose is bright and fresh with grass and honey, and a palate that is a touch sweet with citrus, vanilla and spices.

 

I have listed this classic recipe using both Key Limes and Persian Limes below. Try both! Which do you prefer? Please let me know below, or on twitter (I can respond faster if you reach me there). Happy Cocktailing!

Watch the Video Here….

Daiquiri video image

The Classic Daiquiri (Key Lime)

2 oz. (60 ml) Light Rum
3/4 oz. (22 ml) Key Lime Juice
1/2 oz. (15 ml) Simple Syrup (1:1 Sugar & Water)

Garnish: Lime Wheel
Glass: Coupe or Cocktail

Directions

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add in ice and shake vigorously
  3. Strain into a chilled glass
  4. Garnish with lime

 

The Daiquiri (Persian Lime)

2 oz. (60 ml) Light R
1 oz. (30 ml) Persian Lime Juice
1/2 oz. (15 ml) Simple Syrup (1:1 Sugar & Water)

Garnish: Lime Wheel
Glass: Coupe or Cocktail

Directions

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add in ice and shake vigorously
  3. Strain into a chilled glass
  4. Garnish with lime

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