The term “Daiquiri” has come to be associated with slightly alcoholic fruit smoothies over the years, but that’s not at all what the original recipe called for. The classic Daiquiri is light rum, lime or lemon juice, and a little sugar – that’s it.
If you’re used to thinking of Daiquiris as frou-frou cocktails for beginners, you might change your mind after trying this version. The rum packs a nice little punch you can definitely taste. The overall flavor is distinctly tropical, but not sweet – the sugar just takes the sour edge off the lime or lemon. And since it’s served in ainstead of a funky shaped novelty glass with little umbrellas and colored straws, it looks as grown-up and sophisticated as it tastes.
- 1 jigger light rum
- Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup (or 1 teaspoon powdered sugar)
Pour everything into awith ice, shake it up, strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve. Little umbrellas optional. I wouldn’t, but maybe that’s just me.