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Happy Daiquiri Day!

It has been said that the Daiquiri originated in Cuba by an American mining engineer, Jennings Cox. Daiquiri is actually the name of a beach and an iron mine close to Santiago de Cuba so I’m assuming that’s where he got the name from! Who knew!? And, William A. Chanler, a US congressman who eventually purchased the Santiago iron mines is said to have brought the Daiquiri to NY clubs in 1902. Thank you, thank you Mr. Chanler!

The original Daiquiri was comprised of sugar, rum, ice, and lime juice. The cocktail was served in a tall glass with cracked ice. Two limes were squeezed, and a teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice. Two or three ounces of white rum was then added to the mixture, it was stirred with a long spoon, and voila, a perfect Daiquiri!

The Daiquiri hasn’t changed much since its original version, the only difference is it is shaken instead of stirred. Sometimes, the ice is even blended in Daiquiris. My first thought…Strawberry Daiquiris and Miami Vices. Yum!

Plain and simple, here is the recipe for a delicious Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. white rum
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. lime juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Strain into a well-chilled glass.

I hope you enjoy a refreshing Daiquiri or two!

Cheers,

Danyelle