daiquiri

PERFECTION REVISITED Sometimes there's just no improving on a classic. Such is the case with the original Daiquiri-a deceptively simple concoction that delivers big refreshment from the harmonious marriage of Bacardi® rum, sugar and lime juice. These three simple elements, shaken with ice, form an essential sour to which Sidecars, Margaritas and Cosmopolitans owe a debt of gratitude. Master the classic Daiquiri and you'll be positioned to create myriad inventive variations of your own-you might even be tempted to bring out the blender. Or, you might agree that the Daiquiri is already perfection.

THE DAIQUIRI TODAY

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill half with cubed ice and half with crushed ice. Shake vigorously until chilled and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

FRESH TAKES

Try these simple ways to take this classic cocktail in new directions.
  1. In place of simple syrup, use 1 teaspoon each of maraschino and grapefruit juice and serve on crushed ice for a Hemingway Special.
  2. Add a spice note with a few dashes of falernum or your favorite bitters.
  3. Substitute honey or agave nectar for simple syrup.
  4. Create a more flavorful classic with Bacardi® Black Razz, Bacardi® Peach Red or Bacardi® Grand Melon.

HISTORY OF THE DAIQUIRI

1862 Bacardi is founded by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó in Santiago de Cuba, where he soon revolutionizes rum production by developing the world's first smooth, light-bodied spirit, perfect for mixing.

1898 Legend has it that while working in the town of Daiquirí, Cuba, Jennings Stockton Cox, an American mining engineer, ran out of gin. He created a cocktail of Bacardi® Superior, lime juice and sugar, shaken with water and crushed ice, naming it the Daiquiri.

1909 Admiral Lucius W. Johnson, a U.S. Navy medical officer who sampled Cox's drink in Cuba, introduces the Daiquiri to America at The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., where a plaque in his honor now hangs in the Daiquiri Lounge.

1937 The United Press declares Constantino Ribalaigua of Havana's Bar La Floridita "The Cocktail Master" for his repertoire of Daiquiris, including version No. 4, mixing Bacardi®, granulated sugar, juice of half a lime and maraschino liqueur.

1938 Following its successful introduction by entertainer Fred Waring, 35,000 Waring Blendors are in professional use in America. The invention makes possible the new, frozen-style Daiquiri and paves the way for additions like strawberries or banana.

1953 Esquire magazine declares La Floridita one of the most famous bars in the world. This same year, a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is awarded to its most famous patron, Ernest Hemingway, popularly credited with the line, "My Mojito in the Bodeguita, my Daiquiri in the Floridita."

1961 The White House is occupied by President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who tapes to the wall of the kitchen her preferred Daiquiri recipe, with the addition of falernum, noting the cocktail is to be poured from a pitcher, never a blender.

1974 In The Godfather Part II, Fredo Corleone, visiting Havana, thirsts for a Daiquiri. Struggling to order the cocktail in Spanish, he finally asks his brother, Michael, "How do you say 'banana Daiquiri'?" In a rare moment of patience and good humor, Michael replies, "Banana Daiquiri."