Happy National Daiquiri Day! A day to sip and savour the iconic rum-based cocktail that originated in Santiago de Cuba in the early 1900s. Becoming popular in the 1940s (because World War II rationing made vodka and whiskey hard to find), the Daiquiri is still a drink of choice for summertime patio sips or during tropical holiday escapes.
But it’s the traditional Daiquiri that is having a rebirth in popularity! Bartenders are stripping away the colourful, smoothie-like varieties and paying ‘cocktail homage’ to this classically simple and refreshing drink.
One such bartender is Juan Coronado, Bacardi’s International Brand Ambassador and veteran of the food & bev industry.
He creates recipes with the ethos that fresh ingredients are the key to the best cocktails. His perfectly tasty ‘Original Daiquiri’ recipe is not only easy to recreate at home, but will impress your friends with how incredibly classy it looks.
- 2oz Carta Blanca Bacardi Rum
- 1oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 0.75oz Cocktail Syrup (equal parts castor sugar, confectioners sugar, hot water)
- Strained into a Coupe glass
To celebrate the National Daiquiri Day, I thought it would be fun to recreate a Daiquiri the way it was originally presented in the early 1900s.
Researching this, I found Daiquiri’s were traditionally made in a chilled tall glass packed with crushed ice. A teaspoon of white sugar was sprinkled over the ice and two limes were squeezed over top. Two ounces of white rum were then poured over the mixture. Everything was then stirred and served right away.
I used Bacardi’s Carta Blanca rum because I think it is the the perfect rum for mixing. It has delicate floral and fruity notes, a light and clean taste, and non-dominating personality.
This simple and classic take on the Daiquiri is perfect for the home mixologist – no messy shaking and straining involved. Just pour, stir and serve.