Daiquiri is by far the easiest and most simple cocktail you can mix at home. It’s made of three common ingredients you can always find anywhere. All you would need is premium rum, some lime for fresh lime juice, and sugar syrup you can easily make at home. (just boil water with sugar and let it cool before use. The more sugar you put, the sweeter and thicker it will be). Put those three into a shaker with lots of ice, shake it well, strain it into a chilled cocktail glass (Martini glass or a Coupe glass), and enjoy a refreshing classic everyone should try at least once.
Daiquiri is a classic sour cocktail, invented in 1898 in Cuba by Jennings Cox, who was an American mining engineer. A decade later it was introduced to America when a U.S. Navy officer brought the recipe to Washington, D.C. Daiquiri was also the name of a small village near Santiago de Cuba, which was a key point of interest for the United States during the invasion of Cuba in the Spanish-American war in 1898. It’s one of six basic drinks listed in The “Fine Art of Mixing Drinks”, by “David A. Embury”, and writer Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy also enjoyed the Daiquiri quite a lot.
The drink became really popular in the 1940s, during World War 2 when rationing made Vodka and Whiskey hard to get. Rum was easy to find because of president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” which opened trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba, and the Caribbean.
The basic recipe for Daiquiri was also similar to drink sailors used to have aboard ships around the 1780s’. The drink comprised rum, water, lime or lemon juice, and sugar. That was a common drink across the Caribbean, but the water got changed to ice as soon as it became available.
Ingredients for a Daiquiri:
- 2 ounces (60 ml) white rum – Havana 3-year-old rum is an excellent choice.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) Fresh lime juice.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) Sugar Syrup.
- Add rum, lime juice, and sugar syrup to a shaker.
- Fill that shaker with ice and shake well for 20-30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass (Martini glass, Coupe glass)
- Garnish with a lime peel /lime twist or a lime wedge.