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 7, 2024


The Daiquiri is a classic cocktail that originated in Cuba in the early 1900s. It was named after the town of Daiquiri, where it was first created by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox. The cocktail gained popularity in the United States during the Prohibition era, as Americans traveled to Cuba to enjoy the drink. The Daiquiri is a favorite of many, including the famous writer Ernest Hemingway.

  • Origin: Cuba
  • Creator: Jennings Cox
  • Popularity: Prohibition era

How Daiquiri Tastes?

The Daiquiri is a refreshing, tangy, and slightly sweet cocktail with a hint of citrus. It has a light and crisp taste, making it perfect for warm weather or as an aperitif.

Interesting facts about Daiquiri

  • The Daiquiri is one of the six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury's classic 'The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks'.
  • Ernest Hemingway was known to enjoy a variation of the Daiquiri called the 'Papa Doble', which contained double the amount of rum and no sugar.
  • The Daiquiri is often considered the 'little black dress' of cocktails, due to its simplicity and elegance.


White Rum

Why the buzz? White rum is the backbone of the Daiquiri, providing a smooth and subtly sweet base. Without it, you'd just have a sad limeade. Balance is key; too much and you're sailing rough seas, too little and you might as well be beachside with a mocktail.

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Fresh Lime Juice

Pucker up! This zesty player brings the tang and keeps the Daiquiri from being overly sweet. It's like the life of the party, adding zing and zeal. Skip this, and you'll miss the soul of the cocktail; it's the sunshine in your summer sipper.

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Simple Syrup

Sweet simplicity. Just enough to take the edge off, the simple syrup kisses the Daiquiri with sweetness without overpowering. Forget this, and you might as well be doing the lime juice challenge. It's a delicate dance between tart and sweet.

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The chiller thriller. Ice is not just a filler; it's essential for chilling and diluting the drink to perfection. No ice equals a warm and concentrated boozy punch—not the refreshing libation we're after!

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Recipe. How to make Daiquiri Drink

  1. Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer.
  2. Combine the white rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, if desired.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice: The quality of your ingredients can make or break your Daiquiri. Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass: A chilled glass will keep your cocktail cooler for longer, enhancing the refreshing qualities of the Daiquiri.
  • Shake well: Shaking not only mixes the ingredients, but also helps to chill and dilute the cocktail. Shake until the shaker feels cold to the touch.

Perfect Pairings


A classic Daiquiri pairs wonderfully with a variety of seafood, particularly lighter options like grilled shrimp, ceviche, or oysters. The acidity of the lime juice cuts through the richness of the seafood, while the sweetness of the syrup complements it.

Spicy Food

The crisp, refreshing nature of the Daiquiri can provide a cooling contrast to spicy dishes. Think along the lines of spicy Thai curries or a bowl of fiery salsa with tortilla chips.

Fruit Desserts

End your meal on a sweet note with fruit-forward desserts. The Daiquiri's lime flavors will harmonize beautifully with a tangy lemon tart or a tropical fruit salad.

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What you could change in Daiquiri

  • Rum: If you don't have white rum, you can use any other type of rum. However, keep in mind that this will change the flavor of the cocktail.
  • Simple syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving sugar in equal parts hot water. Alternatively, you can use agave syrup or honey, but this will also change the flavor of the cocktail.

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Hemingway Daiquiri

Also known as the Papa Doble, substitute the simple syrup with maraschino liqueur (0.5 oz) and add a splash of grapefruit juice (0.5 oz). The Hemingway twist brings a bit of a literary kick and a complex, bittersweet profile that's definitely not for mere mortals.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Add a handful of fresh strawberries to the shaker before muddling. This fruity variation is summertime romance in a glass. It's perfect for those who like a touch more sweetness and a pop of color in their cocktails.

Coconut Daiquiri

Swap the white rum with coconut rum (2 oz) and throw in some coconut cream (0.5 oz) for a tropical twist. This beachy concoction will transport you to sandy shores with its sweet, creamy flavor, best served with a tiny umbrella and a penchant for daydreaming.

In case you forgot basics how to make 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 Daiquiri

Can the Daiquiri be made with other fruits?

Yes, Daiquiris can be made with any fruit you like. It's common to see strawberry or peach Daiquiris. Keep in mind that changing the fruit will also change the taste of the cocktail.

What's the best rum to use in a Daiquiri?

Whilst any good-quality white rum should be suitable for a Daiquiri, Myers's Rum is a favoured choice amongst mixologists.

Why is it important to shake the Daiquiri?

Shaking a Daiquiri aerates the drink, cools it down and combines all the ingredients together to create the perfect balance of flavours.

What kind of glass should I use to serve a Daiquiri?

Traditionally, a Daiquiri is served in a coupe glass. However, you can also use a martini glass or any other cocktail glass you have on hand.

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