Ask a bartender at your local cocktail lounge what their favorite mixed drink is, and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you it’s the Daiquiri. When made with quality ingredients and an attention to balance, it’s a transcendent drink—equal parts boozy and refreshing, sweet and tart, there’s nothing exactly like it. And while the template of rum, lime and sugar is perfect as is, there’s plenty of opportunity to make tweaks and substitutions.
The Daiquiri No. 6, from Cane & Table in New Orleans, takes the classic recipe and adds a touch of the Hemingway Daiquiri in the form of grapefruit, but does so in an unconventional way. Rather than freshly squeezed juice, the drink is blended with a whole grapefruit, peeled and seeded. And, instead of a splash of maraschino liqueur, the No. 6 includes granulated sugar and a portion of dark creme de cacao. The result is frothy, juicy, and a touch chocolatey, a blended Daiquiri with some extra kick to it.
When it comes to the base rum, the recipe is best with Bacardi Reserva Ocho, an 8-year aged rum from Puerto Rico. If you don’t have this on hand or if you prefer another rum, be sure to use one with a comparable age statement. A blend of different aged rums can also work well in any Daiquiri, including the No. 6.
Normally, salted rims on blended drinks are saved for Margaritas, not Daiquiris. However, this chocolatey, citrusy blended Daiquiri gets additional nuance in the form of a smoked salt rim on the glass. As with any salt (or sugar) rim, it’s advisable to cover only half the rim of the glass so that whoever is drinking it can choose whether or not to include a taste with each sip.
- 1 1/2 ounces Bacardi Reserva Ocho rum
- 1/4 ounce dark creme de cacao
- 1 whole grapefruit, pitted and peeled
- 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- Garnish: smoked salt rim
Prepare an Old Fashioned glass with a rim of smoked salt.
Add the Bacardí Ocho rum, dark creme de cacao, whole grapefruit, lime juice, and granulated sugar into a blender with 1 cup of cracked ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into the prepared Old Fashioned glass.