Summer is the season for delicious, refreshing rum cocktails that evoke days by the poolside soaking up the sun, reading a good book, or schmoozing with friends. The Daquiri is a simple mixed drink, yet over the years it has taken on many forms, particularly a frozen, slush-like cocktail, made from a variety of fruits or packaged blends.
I remember my parents and some or our neighbors would have a frozen daquiri on a hot summer evening. My mom would get out the blender, toss in some ice, a can of frozen limeade, and rum and they sipped the drinks on the front stoop or while they played croquet in the yard.
The original Daquiri, however, is fresh and sweet-tart, made only with rum, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. The drink is shaken and served neat in a glass with a twist of lime peel. That peel is optional, and I personally don’t think the drink needs it.
Try the original version for a less sweet, refreshing summer cocktail!
Make up a batch of daiquiris and serve with our Curried Devil Eggs!
Interesting Rum Facts
Rum is distilled from a fermented sugar cane product such as molasses.
Rum is aged, usually one or two years, in old bourbon oak barrels; any longer and the clean taste is altered.
Light rum is filtered through coal to remove any color from the barrels.
Rums are often blended, mixing various years or adding light, medium, and/or dark rums for complex flavors and colors.
Rum is used in cooking, such as rum balls, rum cake, and is great to use to macerate fruit. Let’s not forget Bananas Foster or rum raisin ice cream. Also try a little rum in your rice pudding!
A classic daiquiri is made of rum, freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup. It’s a refreshing, sweet-tart drink.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 three-ounce cocktail 1x
- Category: Cocktail
1 ½ ounces rum
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
twist of lime peel*
Pour the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup in a shaker filled with 4 or five ice cubes.
Shake, strain into a martini glass.
Add a twist of lime peel, if desired.
*It’s easier to peel the lime before juicing. Only take the very thin outer peel and not the pith.
Keywords: cocktail, mixed drink, rum cocktail