It's easy to see why the dark rum-based Daiquiri is a classic. The perfectly balanced combination of sweet, sour and spirit is refreshing and tangy, but also quite simple to make at home. Try making the recipe below and add this fool-proof drink to your bartending arsenal.
The alchemy of the ultimate Daiquiri lies in keeping it simple: two parts rum to lime juice, with just enough sugar to take the edge off. Using a rich simple syrup made of demerara sugar gives the drink necessary sweetness and balance without turning the drink into the sugary mess that many associate with the Daiquiri.The original Daiquiri was invented in the early 1900s but didn’t become popular until the 1940s. World War II rationing made whiskey and vodka hard to come by, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy made relations with Latin America better and thus rum easily accessible. It was one of six classic cocktails that was later featured in David A. Embury’s 1948 seminal book on cocktails, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.”
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Try the delicious and simple rum-based Hemingway Daiquiri. Papa approved!
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Ernest Hemingway is inspiration, not author, of the Hemingway Daiquiri. His request for a Daiquiri made with half the sugar and double the booze created an unbalanced drink: one that bartenders couldn’t help but right through the eventual addition of maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice. To reinstate some of Hemingway’s influence, this recipe uses key lime juice and goes for a whir in the blender—as the earliest Daiquiris were served over crushed ice.
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