Nevada 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 Nevada Daiquiri is a twist on the classic Daiquiri, which has its origins in the early 1900s in Cuba. The classic Daiquiri is known for its simplicity, combining rum, lime juice, and sugar. The Nevada variant introduces grapefruit juice and a dash of Angostura bitters, adding depth and complexity to the flavor profile. It's a cocktail that's enjoyed by those who appreciate a balance between sweet and sour, with a hint of bitterness.

  • The Daiquiri was reportedly a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.
  • The Nevada Daiquiri brings a touch of the American spirit to this Cuban classic.
  • It's a refreshing choice for a summer day or a sophisticated evening.

How Nevada Daiquiri Tastes?

The Nevada Daiquiri offers a harmonious blend of sweet and tart flavors, with the grapefruit juice providing a slightly bitter undertone. The rum's warmth is perfectly balanced by the refreshing citrus notes, while the Angostura bitters give it a subtle herbal complexity.

Interesting facts about Nevada Daiquiri

  • The Daiquiri is named after a beach near Santiago de Cuba.
  • The addition of grapefruit juice in the Nevada Daiquiri is a nod to the Hemingway Daiquiri, which also features grapefruit.
  • Angostura bitters were originally used as a medicinal tonic in the 1820s.


  • Rum: 1.85 oz(56ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Sugar syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Grapefruit juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Angostura bitters: 1dash


The backbone of any daiquiri, here we use a not-too-shabby 1.85 oz to ensure a solid boozy kick without overpowering the delicate citrus notes. Too much and we're sailing stormy seas, too little and why bother leaving port? Alternative? Well, if you fancy a pirate's life, try dark rum for a richer, moodier Nevada Daiquiri.

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Lime Juice

The zesty bestie of rum, 0.5 oz gives that tangy high note. Miss it and your cocktail sings flat. No lime? A lemon might pinch-hit, but expect less tartness and a slightly sweeter harmony.

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Sugar Syrup

0.5 oz to balance the tartness. It’s the peacemaker between rum and citrus. If you forget it, brace yourself for a pucker-worthy potion. Too much? Hello, sweet tooth city! Swap it for honey syrup if you're feeling wild; it'll bring a floral vibe to the party.

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Grapefruit Juice

1 oz offers a sophisticated, slightly bitter undercurrent that sets this daiquiri apart from its Cuban cousins. Skip it, and you'll lose the cocktail's unique charm. Swapping in another citrus juice? Expect a less complex character, but hey, life’s an adventure.

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Angostura Bitters

A dash adds a spicy depth and rounds off the edges. It's like the bartender’s fairy dust - a pinch of magic you didn’t know you needed. Without it, the cocktail risks being one-dimensional.

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Recipe. How to make Nevada Daiquiri Drink

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour 1.85 oz of rum, 0.5 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of sugar syrup, and 1 oz of grapefruit juice into the shaker.
  • Add a dash of Angostura bitters.
  • Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel or grapefruit twist.

Pro Tips

  • Use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the cocktail glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • A precise dash of Angostura bitters is key; too much can overpower the other flavors.

Perfect Pairings


The bright citrus and rum notes pair splendidly with seafood, particularly grilled shrimp or a ceviche.

Spicy Food

A cooling contradiction to your tongue's fiery tango with spicy cuisines, like a Thai green curry.


Opt for salads with citrus dressing to complement the cocktail’s zesty profile.

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What you could change in Nevada Daiquiri

  • If Kadoo Club 3 Years Rum is unavailable, any quality aged rum can be used as a substitute.
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice is preferred, but bottled lime juice can work in a pinch.
  • Simple syrup can be made at home by dissolving equal parts sugar and water.

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And of course - twists🍹

Honeyed Nevada Daiquiri

Replace sugar syrup with honey syrup for a floral twist. The natural complexity of honey will add layers to your sip.*

Aged Nevada Daiquiri

Substitute white rum with aged rum. This will impart a smoother, oak-finished elegance that will remind you of a well-seasoned traveller.*

Herbal Nevada Daiquiri

Add a few leaves of basil before shaking. The herb will invite a refreshing new character to the party, making your taste buds dance with herbal notes.*

In case you forgot basics how to make Nevada Daiquiri

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 Nevada Daiquiri

What type of glass is recommended for serving a Nevada Daiquiri?

A chilled cocktail glass, often referred to as a martini glass, is commonly used for serving Nevada Daiquiris.

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

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by substituting the rum with a non-alcoholic spirit or additional citrus juices and adjusting the sugar syrup to taste.

What is the optimal temperature to serve a Nevada Daiquiri?

The Nevada Daiquiri should be served well chilled, so it's ideal to shake it with ice until the shaker feels cold to the touch and then strain it into a pre-chilled glass.

Can I make a large batch of Nevada Daiquiris for a party?

Absolutely, you can scale up the recipe to make a larger batch. However, you'll want to mix the ingredients without ice and chill the mixture in the fridge. Add ice and shake individual servings as needed to ensure they're fresh and cold.

Is it essential to use Angostura bitters for the cocktail?

While Angostura bitters add a subtle herbal complexity to the Nevada Daiquiri, you can explore using other bitters to achieve a different flavor profile.

What is the best way to garnish a Nevada Daiquiri?

A lime wheel or a grapefruit twist is traditional and complements the cocktail's citrus profile.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the cocktail?

You can fine-tune the sweetness by altering the amount of sugar syrup. If it's too sweet, reduce the syrup slightly or add more lime juice for tartness.

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