Sensational Summer Cocktail: the Daiquiri

Well, I can’t rightly say “sensational” in the way of “new and exciting” since daiquiris date back to a time when the British started colonizing all up and down the Caribbean. Indeed, the lime in this drink would have provided crucial vitamin C to prevent scurvy. But, they really are sensationally refreshing!

Now, most of the time you only see daiquiris with the word “strawberry” attached. Even when you do see a good old lime daiquiri on a menu, it’s often blended with ice.

I really don’t care for those overly sweetened, icy, blended drinks. I always feel stuffed and on the verge of going into diabetic shock after one of those. I even avoid those strangely flavored margaritas. I’m no fun in that department, but I swear to you that I make up for it in other ways!

But a real, honest daiquiri is a lovely thing. It’s also the kind of cocktail a beginner could make with ease and finesse.

Really, people I meet who have just started experimenting with liqueurs are either too gung-ho (mixing everything available together to make something too strong and too… yuck) or they’re too timid and make something watery and dull.

You really can’t mess up a daiquiri. It’s about finding a balance of taste– between your personal taste for sweetness and tartness. Cole Porter, my most favorite musical theatre composer, was known to send his daiquiris back to the bar several times to add more sugar or lime as needed.

There are many reasons why this drink has such a presence and why it has an enduring devotion. The big selling-point for me is that it is one of the ideal party cocktails for a host (or hostess) to prepare. Simply mix your rum, lime juice, and sugar together in a pitcher and set in the coldest part of your refrigerator (or freezer!) and then wait until guests to arrive to pour over ice and serve– no tedious measuring while trying to entertain.

Try one of these gorgeous, simple little things out and see if you ever go back to those oozing frozen drinks ever again!

A classic daiquiri

As reported by WannaPasta, Do consider making these en masse– it will save so much time are your next party. Mix everything except for the ice together, taste, correct the sweetness or tartness, place in the coldest part of your fridge and wait for everyone to arrive before mixing with ice. So easy!The proportions listed below are for one, singular cocktail. Use only fresh lime juice, please. Add more sugar or juice to match your taste.

Ingredients

  • 3ox.white rum
  • 1oz. lime juice, fresh and strained
  • 1tsp.sugarice
  • a few slices of lime or ribbons of rind

Instructions

Mix the rum, lime, and sugar together in a shaker and add ice. Shake well. Pour on top of ice in a cup and float a slice of lime or a strip of rind.Some may not like pouring the daiquiri over ice after shaking it with ice, but I find that most people will find it too strong to enjoy without the ice– plus it keeps it cooler longer.

 

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