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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Daiquiri anyone? Simple recipe for a classic cocktail.

The Daiquiri is an easy cocktail recipe to make and can be very rewarding, especially when it’s a proper Daiquiri made with freshly squeezed lime juice. While he was living in Cuba, Ernest Hemingway became a great fan of the Daiquiri (and the Mojito). The other night as I was adding Papa to the World Cocktail Brain and linking him to the entries for his favorite cocktails, I remembered that there was an excess of limes in the fridge. Serendipity. I was soon at the bar, squeezing limes and looking for the white rum (you could use gold or dark rum for a Daiquiri, but that would make the color look a little strange, so best stick with white).

This classic Daiquiri is served straight up in a cocktail glass, but if you’re looking for something icy to sip, you can serve it on the rocks. As a third variation, you could even make it into a nice summer cooler by mixing it in a Collins glass and adding seltzer water.


2 oz white Rum

1 oz (approx.) freshly squeezed lime juice (1 lime)

1 tsp Simple syrup (or sweetener of your choice)

Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake briskly while thinking about Papa Hemingway in a Cuban bar, gazing at the sea under a slowly turning ceiling fan (this may be harder to do than you think). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lime wheel, and enjoy!

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