Friday Cocktail: A Classic Daiquiri for a Hot Summer Evening

For many people the daiquiri is a sweet frozen drink reserved for beach vacations, but I’m here to tell you there’s a better way. Don’t get me wrong, I have on-occasion enjoyed one of those frozen alcoholic slushee, but the classic daiquiri is so much better. It’s almost a completely different cocktail- in a good way.

The traditional daiquiri is made using lime juice, rum, and some sugar- that’s it. No ice. No fruit. And definitely no blender. If you’re thinking at this point that what I am describing is not a real daiquiri you would be incorrect. The origin of the classic daiquiri can be traced back to the early 20th century, and gained popularity after it was supposedly a favorite of both Hemingway and JFK. The frozen drinks we call daiquiris today were made popular around the tiki drink craze of the mid-century.

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Cruzan is a good mid-shelf rum that works really well in this drink, as it isn’t too intensely flavored

Ingredients:

• 1.5 oz light rum

• 1 oz lime juice (fresh is amazing, but Nellie and Joe’s is great, too)

• 1 oz simple syrup

• Ice

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

2. Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds

3. Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice, and enjoy!

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It’s a really lovely cocktail in the summer, especially on hot and humid summer evenings. It’s very citrusy, and when on ice is perfect for sipping on the porch, even when it’s too hot to much else. Even better is that it requires only three ingredients, which by now you probably already know I love! It makes a sophisticated looking drink with a lovely light green color that instantly take me back to summers spent in Palm Beach by the pool.

No, you don’t have to be on vacation to have a daiquiri, but it can help a hot summer evening feel a bit more relaxing.

Cheers!

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