Classic Daiquiri

How to Make the
Classic Daiquiri mixed drink cocktail

Which is the best rum for Daiquiri Cocktail Drink?

The Daiquiri is most often made with a white rum and is especially branded as such due to Bacardi’s wide advertising influence and availability. However, choosing a rum with barrel age-character like the Dos Maderas 5+3 can add pleasant complexity to the classic. Naturally, whichever rum you choose will alter your proportions so it may be best to test out your recipe a couple times. The Daiquiri is another rum cocktail that can benefit from a split base of rums or varying texture and sweetness from the sugar element.

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About Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum

Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum blends the lighter Baja Rum with the richer Guyana style and ages for 5 years in the Caribbean followed by 3 years in Jerez, Spain in Palo Cortado casks. The smooth character of the 5+3 is awash with pleasant vanilla, hazelnut, coconut and subtle maple. These attributes can add favorable complexity to your cocktail.

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About Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum

Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum blends the lighter Baja Rum with the richer Guyana style and ages for 5 years in the Caribbean followed by 3 years in Jerez, Spain in Palo Cortado casks. The smooth character of the 5+3 is awash with pleasant vanilla, hazelnut, coconut and subtle maple. These attributes can add favorable complexity to your cocktail.

Ingredients to make a Classic Daiquiri Cocktail using a shaker

1 1/2 ounces rum – Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
.5 oz (2:1) Rich Cane Syrup

Classic Daiquiri Recipe - How do you make a Classic daiquiri? Step by step guide

1.

Prepare your Rich Cane Syrup by dissolving 2 parts sugar into 1 part boiling water. Let cool.

2.

Cut a lime in half and juice your limes.

3.

Chill a Coupe

4.

Add all ingredients to your shaker

5.

Fill shaker with cracked ice

6.

Shake vigorously for 10 seconds

7.

Double-strain, using a fine mesh strainer to remove excess pulp and ice shards, into your chilled glass

8.

No garnish necessary but some prefer a lime wheel on the glass rim

History of world’s most iconic Rum cocktail - Daiquiri

A Classic Daiquiri cocktail is Bartending 101. It’s a refreshingly simple combination that every bartender must master before claiming the profession. When you pare down all the extra elements of tropical style cocktails, you are often left with a Rum Sour at the core. Fresh lime and rum were made for each other and how do we know? The Daiquiri. It’s a test of balance, understanding that each of its three ingredients will tilt the scale if not harmonized with the other. For this reason, bartenders love to debate the ideal proportions of the Daiquiri on a regular basis. The name of the Classic Daiquiri drink comes from a beach near Santiago in Cuba where it is said to have been created by American mining officers at a local bar. A Navy Officer stationed in the area brought the recipe to the States in 1909 via the Army & Navy Club in Washington D.C. and it took off in popularity from there, over time eventually becoming the favorite of many including Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy. With such a long history comes many adaptations and variations and today people are often more familiar with these rather than the classic formula. However, when you find a bartender who is passionate about their profession, know that ordering a classic shaken Daiquiri Cocktail from them will be a treat for both of you.

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Tips for the Daiquiri Cocktail

Tip 1: Always use fresh lime to prepare the drink a la minute for the best iteration. Part of the great charm of a Daiquiri is its bold refreshing sour character, balanced by the sweetness and strength of the sugar and the rum.

Tip 2: An easy variant to the classic recipe is to alter your sugar component. Instead of a sugar syrup, try substituting a Honey syrup (1:1) or a PX Sherry to add rich dried fruit and chocolate notes.

Tip 3: When preparing your syrup, also try adding a tsp. of lime zest for more of that fresh lime blossom aroma. A large percentage of citrus flavor is in the rind oil versus the pulp.

Tips for the Daiquiri Cocktail

Tip 1: Always use fresh lime to prepare the drink a la minute for the best iteration. Part of the great charm of a Daiquiri is its bold refreshing sour character, balanced by the sweetness and strength of the sugar and the rum.

Tip 2: An easy variant to the classic recipe is to alter your sugar component. Instead of a sugar syrup, try substituting a Honey syrup (1:1) or a PX Sherry to add rich dried fruit and chocolate notes

Tip 3: When preparing your syrup, also try adding a tsp. of lime zest for more of that fresh lime blossom aroma. A large percentage of citrus flavor is in the rind oil versus the pulp.

Daiquiri Variations and types

Most popular variations of the recipe are blender recipes that incorporate other fruits like strawberries, bananas, pineapple, etc. However the Daiquiri is a parent to nearly all Tiki or Tropical style concoctions ranging from the Brooklynite to the Zombie.

Named after the wildly popular 1930’s El Florida bar in Havana where this drink was made especially in the new technology of the time, “the electric shaker.” (aka blender). Prohibition led to an influx of Americans heading to Cuba for a good cocktail. This house special variant blended Rum, sugar, limón verde and Maraschino Liqueur with crushed ice for a drink served in the then trendy frappé style.

This variant was born from the El Floridita and was favored by Papa Doble himself, Ernest Hemingway. It is a less sweet version made with Rum, lime, grapefruit and Maraschino Liqueur and was purported to be dubbed the “Papa Doble” when served with a larger portion of rum to sate Hemingway’s particular thirst.

This unique vintage recipe documented in both Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide and the Stork Club Cocktail guide, calls specifically for a dark rum, honey syrup, lime and is shaken with the addition of Aromatic bitters like Angostura.

This is the most well known and popular of the blended Daiquiri offspring cocktails. Popularized by chain restaurants and slushie machines all over, the drink is made with fresh or frozen strawberries and often additional sweet elements like strawberry syrup. A more recent trend is a drink that is half Strawberry Daiquiri and half Piña Colada and known as the Miami Vice.

FAQ

The United States celebrates National Daiquiri Day annually on July 19th.

You can likely make a maximum of 2 drinks at the same time in a regular cocktail shaker. The term “Snaquiri” is a bar industry term for mini Daiquiris served in smaller vessels so that you can make several at once for your patrons.

The best glassware is a Coupe.

Powdered sugar usually contains cornstarch which can disrupt the texture and flavor of your syrup into something murky and is not recommended.

A classic Daiquiri is made with lime. However, in many Latin American countries, the citrus of choice is called a limón verde which is best described as somewhere between a lemon and a lime. Using a lemon will alter your acid balance and isn’t recommended but you can experiment with a combination of citrus.

The Classic Daiquiri is made without a blender using a cocktail shaker with the recipe above. If your arm is sore and you happen to have a blender, try adding all your ingredients and using the pulse setting to mix your ingredients so as not to create a completely frozen cocktail. Then strain out your ice into your chilled glass.

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