It is time to defend the honor of a daiquiri. Of all the classic cocktail resurgences, it is the daiquiri that never quite made it past its sugar-laden, slushy reputation of the past. The daiquiri got all caught up in the ubiquitous frozen drink craze and what was served was a cloying, mysterious booze concoction far from its classic origins. Yet a proper daiquiri is a thing of beauty- slightly tart and rounded out with a subtle sweetness. It's light and balanced, and makes for the perfect accompaniment to warmer evenings. 

A proper daiquiri is only three ingredients, all more than likely already to be in your home bar and kitchen. If you’re doing some shopping, do yourself a favor and get yourself a good rum. With only three ingredients, quality matters. For the simple syrup, you can certainly purchase one but it’s only equal parts hot water and sugar and takes a minute in the microwave to make yourself. I also recommend never picking up the plastic green lime bottle of juice from your grocery store ever again. It’s simply not good for cocktails. Pick up a handful of limes and squeeze them yourself- your cocktail will be much better for it. 

A Proper Daiquiri

  • Prep Time:2 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:2 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Step 1

    Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice.

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  • Step 2

    Shake for ten seconds.

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  • Step 3

    Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

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The daiquiri has spawned many variations throughout the years, including the Hemingway Daiquiri, named after the famous booze hound writer, which includes a 1/2 oz. of Maraschino liqueur and 1/2 oz. of grapefruit juice. I've also run some strawberries through a juicer to make a refined, non-frozen Strawberry Daiquiri. Yet, sometimes classic reigns and a good old fashioned daiquiri is a winner.

Happy drinking!