Daiquiri Cocktail

The Daiquiri is nothing more than a basic “sour” of spirit, citrus, and sugar… but somehow transformative. Done right with the best limes you can find, a Daiquiri will astound people who only know the slushy Slurpee kind they churn out at the chains. If the classic, up style of serving this drink was good enough for JFK and Hemingway, it’s surely good enough for Joe Blow.

If you are lucky enough to acquire in-season, tree-ripened limes, just make sure you’re sitting down when you taste this.


1 1/2 oz light rum

1/2 oz lime juice

1/4 oz simple syrup

Measure accurately with the Double Cocktail Jigger from Kegworks.com.


Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer at least ten minutes.

Shake all ingredients with ice to blend and chill.

Strain into the chilled glass.

Garnish with a lime wheel, either notched on the rim or floating.


Nucleozoid 29 Jun 2012
1:55 pm

IMHO, it doesn’t seem like this would be sweet enough.

Dave Stolte 5 Jul 2012
9:59 am

This is definitely on the tart side - boosting the syrup to 1/2 ounce evens that out.

Nick L. 17 Jul 2012
2:03 pm

I like these proportions, Dave, especially with the Flor de Cana.  Any more sweetness and it starts to taste less like summer on the beach and more like a run-of-the-mill sour.

Great drink.

Dave Stolte 17 Jul 2012
2:18 pm

Thanks Nick! I find the run brings some of its own sweetness, so the standard sour 2:1:.5 spec can be modified a bit to keep it crisp.

Nick L. 19 Jul 2012
10:49 am

I just realized our syrups are different, since I use a 2:1 mixture rather than the standard 1:1.  Obviously that would change the sweetness a bit…

In any case, Happy National Daiquiri Day!

Dave Stolte 19 Jul 2012
10:56 am


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