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The Daiquiri

Posted by Reese on 2008-06-28 @ 08:00am

Last week we enjoyed the first of Embury’s six basic cocktails, The Sidecar.  This week we’re going to be sampling The Daiquiri.  If this is the first thing that pops in to your head when you hear the word Daiquiri, then please, dear reader, pull up a chair and let the Hackers tell tale of the classic Daiquiri.


The Daiquiri got its name from a beach and an iron mine near the town of Santiago, Cuba.  The drink was invented in Venus bar by a group of American mining engineers.  It’s said that the engineers decided to make a new drink from the ingredients most common in the area, limes, sugar and rum.  And so, the Daiquiri was born.  The drink was a favorite of many in the US including John F. Kennedy and Ernest Hemingway.  Although Hemingway preferred his a touch stronger.  More on that later in the week.

Embury was a huge fan of his 8:2:1 ratio of Spirits:Sour:Sugar as we discovered with The Sidecar.  He carries this on in The Daiquiri.

Embury's Daiquiri:
2 oz White Label Cuban Rum
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1) Shake well with ice
2) Strain into cocktail glass

The ingredients you’ll want to pick up for The Daiquiri are below.

  • White Rum
  • Limes
  • Simple Syrup

The rum in this drink is very important.  The original recipe calls for White Label Cuban Rum.  Although you can substitute other rum varieties (dark, gold, etc) white rum gives a very clean flavor to the drink.  You can use any white rum you like, but I’d suggest Bacardi as the rum of choice.  Bacardi began in Cuba and was the first to refine rum to the spirit we know and love today.  Because of this history in Cuba, Bacardi was definitely the rum originally used to create this drink.  There is a ton of great information about the Bacardi company available on Wikipedia.

You’ll also need a few basic tools to make this drink.

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail (Martini) Glass
  • Measuring Device (Jigger)
  • Juicer [Optional]

We’ll report back throughout the week on our investigations and on Friday we’ll summarize our findings and our favorite recipes.  Until then, enjoy your cocktails.

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