Friday, July 17, 2009

Classic Cocktails: The Daiquiri

Much easier to make than it is to spell the Classic Daiquiri can be a challenge to those who haven't taken the time to learn the history of cocktails. "Created" in the early 1900's, this classic cocktail is actually very similar to the grog that British sailors drank.

*Spoiler Alert!* A Daiquiri is NOT a frozen drink unless it is ordered as such.

The Classic Daiquiri, a favorite of John F. Kennedy & Ernest Hemingway, is believed to have been created near Santiago, Cuba.

Try these recipes:

8 parts white rum
2 parts lime juice
1 part simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Dream of the days when Cuba will be open for tourism.

Daiquiri Old Style
Fill a tall glass with cracked ice. Pour a teaspoon of sugar over the ice. Add the juice of one or two limes to taste. Yes, I mean freshly squeezed limes. Pour two or three ounces of rum over the ice. Stir with a long-handled spoon until the drink is thoroughly chilled. Enjoy. Don't even look at the blender.