Daiquiri Recipe

The Cocktail Society's Daiquiri recipe. Learn how to make a Daiquiri with our expert mixologists.
Daiquiri Cocktail - best summer cocktails

Method

Shake

Glass

Martini/Coupe

Category

Rum

Daiquiri Recipe Ingredients

50ml White Rum
25ml Lime Juice
10ml Demerara Sugar Syrup

How To Make An Daiquiri Cocktail

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. If using fresh lime then squeeze 1 whole lime into the shaker and discard the juiced fruit.

Top the cocktail shaker with cubed ice and shake hard. Fine strain the Daiquiri cocktail into a martini or rocks glass.

Garnish

Lime Zest

Tell Us About The Daiquiri Cocktail

The Daiquiri is a simple, easy to make, and refreshing cocktail that is considered to be one of the staple rum cocktails alongside other classics like a Mojito or Martini.

The daquiri recipe is also one of the six basic drinks listed in the classic cocktail book “The Art Of Mixing Drinks” by David E. Embury, which is an indicator of what an important and popular cocktail this is.

The Daiquiri is thought to have been invented in the late 1800s in the Cuban mining town Daiquiri (hence the name), and then brought to the US a decade later.

As the story goes, American engineer Jennings Cox invented the drink by accident at a party. The favoured gin had run out so he tested rum in the punch and the Daiquiri was born. Or so they say.

A cocktail that is simple in design, the Daiquiri recipe uses only three main ingredients – white rum, lime juice, and sugar syrup – though there are countless variations on this original recipe.

Most variations will include an additional fruit juice base like strawberry, mango, or even pink grapefruit (used in the popular Hemingway Daiquiri variation) to make it more palatable for a casual drinker.

This experimentation then led to the widely popular frozen Daiquiri trend, though most seasoned cocktail bartenders will admit to not appreciating this style of Daiquiri!

Therefore, to really enjoy and appreciate a true Daiquiri, opt for the simple recipe listed above and use only fresh ingredients.

Expert Tip

The Daiquiri is supposed to be fresh, zingy and sharp, the perfect foil to a hot day by the beach.

To achieve the cocktail as it should be drank, it is important to use white rum and as the best quality ingredients as you can get your hands on.

This means using a premium, high-quality white rum like an El Dorado 3yo or Havana 3yo, freshly squeezing your own lime juice, and even using some homemade sugar syrup (which we show you how to make in less than 5 minutes here).

A golden or dark rum will work of course but it will not taste as Jennings Cox intended it to.

On another note, the Daiquiri recipe is down to personal opinion of course in terms of the balance but be careful not to add too much sugar as it will destroy the delicately poised flavour.

When trying to find the balance between sweetness and acidity, try to vary your sugar serving measurement between the 10ml measure recommended above and 15ml depending on taste.

Did You Know?

The cocktail was a favourite of author Ernest Hemingway and there is even a variant of the daquiri recipe named after him.

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