Black Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Black Daiquiri is a twist on the classic Daiquiri, traditionally made with white rum, lime juice, and sugar. This darker variant has emerged from the trend of using more robust and flavorful types of rum, appealing to those who appreciate a deeper, more complex profile in their cocktails. It's a hit among aficionados who like to explore beyond the conventional palette.

  • Origin: A modern take on the Cuban classic
  • Popularity: Gained traction in craft cocktail circles
  • Best Enjoyed: As an evening drink or at sophisticated gatherings

How Black Daiquiri Tastes?

The Black Daiquiri has a rich, velvety texture with a balance of sweet and tart flavors. The dark rum provides a warm, caramel-like undertone, while the lime juice adds a refreshing citrus kick. It's a bold, full-bodied cocktail with a lingering finish.

Interesting facts about Black Daiquiri

  • The Daiquiri was reportedly a favorite of Ernest Hemingway and JFK.
  • The Black Daiquiri's darker color sets it apart from its classic counterpart.
  • It's often enjoyed in a chilled coupe glass to enhance its sophisticated presentation.


2 oz dark rum

Dark rum is the soul of a daiquiri, offering deep molasses and subtle spice - think the bass line to your favorite tune! Skimp on this and your cocktail may fall flat, too much and it could overpower the symphony of flavors.

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1 oz fresh lime juice

Like the high notes of a song, fresh lime juice adds brightness and zest. Using less can make the drink dull, while too much can lead to an overbearing tartness.

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1/2 oz simple syrup

The sweet counterpart to our tart lime juice, simple syrup brings harmony to the drink, much like the lyrics to a melody. Too little and the tartness of the lime will dominate; too much and you're sipping on a sugar bomb.

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Ice cubes

Ice cubes are the unsung heroes, chilling our drink to perfection - the stage crew that sets the scene for a rockstar performance.

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Black food coloring (optional)

A dash for dramatic effect, black food coloring turns this into a show-stopping Black Daiquiri. Visuals can set the mood, but omitting it won't affect the taste.

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Lime wheel for garnish

Finally, the lime wheel, a dash of fresh flair - like the encore that seals a stellar performance.

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Recipe. How to make Black Daiquiri Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add the dark rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. If a darker color is desired, add a few drops of black food coloring.
  4. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  5. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the coupe glass beforehand to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • When using food coloring, add it drop by drop to achieve the desired darkness without overpowering the drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled shrimp or seared scallops provide a light bite that complements the zesty lime and rich rum.

Spicy Dishes

  • Spicy Jamaican jerk chicken contrasts well with the refreshing qualities of the daiquiri.


  • Dark chocolate desserts, like a rich mousse or tart, pairing well with the depth of the dark rum.


  • Aged gouda or smoked cheddar, can balance the sweet-tart profile of the Black Daiquiri.

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What you could change in Black Daiquiri

  • Dark Rum: Can be substituted with aged rum for a different complexity.
  • Simple Syrup: Maple syrup or honey can be used for a richer sweetness.
  • Black Food Coloring: Optional, primarily for visual effect.

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Espresso Daiquiri

  • Add 1/2 oz of espresso to the mix.
  • The bitterness of the coffee complements the rum's sweetness, creating a more complex and invigorating cocktail.

Spicy Black Daiquiri

  • Muddle a slice of jalapeño pepper before adding the other ingredients.
  • This twist adds a spicy kick, playing with the contrast between the heat and the refreshing citrus notes.

Herbal Black Daiquiri

  • Include a sprig of rosemary or basil in the shaker.
  • The herbs introduce a fragrant dimension, while their subtle flavors add depth to the traditional daiquiri profile.

In case you forgot basics how to make Black Daiquiri

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Black Daiquiri

What type of glass is best for serving a Black Daiquiri?

A chilled coupe glass is typically used for serving a Black Daiquiri to enhance the presentation and maintain the temperature of the cocktail.

Can I make a Black Daiquiri in a large batch for parties?

Yes, you can scale the ingredients proportionally to make a larger batch, but it's best to add the lime juice and ice right before serving to maintain freshness and prevent dilution.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Black Daiquiri?

To create a mocktail version, you can use a non-alcoholic dark rum substitute and follow the same recipe without using alcoholic ingredients.

How do I choose a good dark rum for my Black Daiquiri?

Look for a dark rum that has rich, complex flavors, and has been aged to bring out a smooth and full-bodied profile suitable for crafting a Black Daiquiri.

What food dishes pair best with the Black Daiquiri aside from those listed in the pairings?

You can pair the cocktail with savory appetizers like empanadas, bacon-wrapped dates, or sweet plantains to complement the cocktail's sweet and tart profile.

What is the ideal ratio of ingredients for a balanced Black Daiquiri taste?

The ideal ratio for a balanced Black Daiquiri taste is 2 parts dark rum, 1 part fresh lime juice, and 1/2 part simple syrup. Adjust according to your taste preference.

What other cocktails are similar to the Black Daiquiri that I might enjoy?

If you enjoy the Black Daiquiri, you might also like the Mojito, the Dark 'n' Stormy, or a Rum Old Fashioned, which also feature rum as the base spirit.

How much black food coloring should I use, and will it affect the taste?

Use the food coloring sparingly; start with a drop or two and increase as needed for color. It should not significantly affect the taste if used modestly.

Why is shaking the ingredients necessary when making a Black Daiquiri?

Shaking the ingredients with ice chills the drink, dilutes it slightly for balance, and ensures that all the components are well-mixed for a smooth sipping experience.

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