Daiquiri – A Latin American Classic

Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael


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The Daiquiri is a cocktail that beautifully balances simplicity and elegance. Comprising just three core ingredients—rum, lime juice, and simple syrup—it’s a testament to the idea that less can indeed be more when it comes to crafting a delightful libation.

 Named after the beach near Santiago de Cuba, where the cocktail first gained popularity, the Daiquiri is a perfect marriage of tropical flavors and sophistication. It is believed that American mining engineer Jennings Cox first created this cocktail while working in a remote area. Facing a shortage of ingredients, Cox mixed white rum, lime juice, and sugar, creating a drink that would later become a global sensation.

Daiquiri Recipe

2 ounces white rum
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
Garnish: 1 lime wheel or wedge

In a cocktail shaker combine the run, lime juice, and simple syrup with ice.
Shake well.
Strain into a coupe.
Garnish with lime wheel or wedge.

Variation on the Classic Daiquiri

Sour Orange Daiquiri

Substitute ¾ ounce fresh sour orange juice OR ½ ounce fresh lime juice and ¼ ounce fresh orange juice.

The classic Daiquiri remains an unadulterated masterpiece. With a base of light rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, and a touch of simple syrup, it’s a harmonious blend that embodies the essence of the cocktail. Embark on a tropical journey with a Daiquiri today! Cheers!

Make sure to try our recipe for its tequila based cousin – The Margarita

Browse all of our cocktail recipes in our Cocktail Recipe Index.

Daiquiri Recommended Products

Riedel Veritas Coupe Glasses

These are my favorite coupe glasses. They are a nice size (they easily hold a double recipe of the Daiquiri). And they look incredibly elegant. Use them for Champagne, or anywhere you would use a martini glass.

Riedel Veritas Moscato/Coupe/Martini Glass, Pack of 2

Cocktail Kingdom Essential Cocktail Set

Cocktail Kingdom is well known in the craft cocktail world for high quality tools. This starter set has everything you need to shake or stir drinks: Weighted Boston shaker, mixing glass, Hawthorne strainer, Japanese style jigger, and a bar spoon.

Cocktail Kingdom Essential Cocktail Set

Linen Cocktail Napkins

The perfect finishing touch. I love these classic hemstitched linen napkins. You can never have too many linen napkins, and these come in an amazing assortment of colors to match any decor.

Linen cocktail napkins

Norpro Stainless Steel Citrus Press

For the occasional cocktail I rely on my Norpro juicer. It’s a great heavy duty stainless steel and has lasted me many many years of drink making. It handles oranges, lemons, and limes easily – it’s a bit small for grapefruits. Perfect for the occasional Daiquiri.

 Norpro 523 Stainless Steel Citrus Press Juicer, One Size, Silver

Zulay Professional Heavy Duty Citrus Juicer

If you need to create plenty of juice with ease, the Zulay professional citrus juice press is our top pick for best manual citrus juicer. With a large sized juicing element this makes short work of any citrus – limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. The large basket makes this one of the best juicers for grapefruit. It’s practically a Daiquiri machine!

The heavy cast iron construction not only adds stability to this countertop juicer, it adds weight to the pressing action making juicing easier. Rubber feet helps keep this juicer from sliding around. This is perfect for large capacity users, even suitable for bars, restaurants, and commercial use. The stainless steel juicing components are removable and dishwasher safe. Looking for the best citrus press? I feel this is one of the best you can buy. If you need a lot of juice I recommend the Zulay professional citrus juicer.

Zulay Professional Heavy Duty Citrus Juicer

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