Simple, sweet and citrusy, the Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail that has been very popular since the 1940s, however, early iterations of the cocktail have been around since the 1700s. During the 1700s, British sailors drank concoctions called ‘grog’ to prevent them from coming down with scurvy. This concoction consisted of rum, water, lemon or lime juice and sugar – the exact same ingredients used in a classic Daiquiri minus the water. By the latter half of the 17th century, the British Royal Navy consumed grog daily.
Fast forward a couple of centuries to the 1940s, World War 2 led to a shortage in the United States of both whiskey and vodka. However, due to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ‘Good Neighbor Policy’ which opened trade relations with Central American and the Caribbean, rum was plentiful and easy to purchase. Once thought of as being a liquor strictly for sailors and dead-beats, rum all the sudden saw a surge in popularity, and rum cocktails like the Daiquiri followed suit.
Today, the Daiquiri is one of the most popular rum cocktails in the world. It was a favorite of both President John F. Kennedy and notorious drinker Ernest Hemingway. Popular variations of the cocktail include the Strawberry Daiquiri and the Frozen Daiquiri.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 oz White Rum
- ¾ oz Lime Juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well to dissolve the sugar and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. For a Strawberry Daiquiri – add a muddled strawberry to the ingredients in the shaker (for best results chop strawberry into slices before muddling.) For a frozen Daiquiri – combine all ingredients in a blender with one cup of ice and blend.