The daiquiri (pronounced die-ker-ree) is a classic rum cocktail made with rum, sugar or simple syrup and lime juice. It’s simple, delicious and makes a refreshing cocktail during the warmer months.
Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer living in Cuba in the late nineteenth century is credited for creating the drink when he was entertaining guests and ran out of gin. Thinking that they would find the local rum too harsh for their palate, he added sugar and lime juice to the spirit. He named the cocktail after Daiquiri Beach in Santiago, Cuba and a classic was born.
A daiquiri consists of white rum, fresh lime juice and simple syrup, shaken with ice and strained into a chilled glass. It’s a three-ingredient cocktail that’s quick and simple to make in the home bar. Our Dark Rum Daiquiri is a riff on the original and just as refreshing. The ratio of rum to lime to sweetener is tweaked to bring to the forth the flavour of the rum while keeping the drink balanced.
It’s worth remembering that this is a rum-forward daiquiri so it pays to use a dark rum that plays well in cocktails and one you would enjoy sipping neat.
Dark Rum Daiquiri Recipe
- 75 ml dark rum
- 25 ml fresh lime juice
- 15 ml simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
In a cocktail shaker, add rum, lime juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake hard until very cold. Strain into a chilled coupette.
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