|White rum||4.5cl 1.5oz|
|Lime juice||3.0cl 1.0oz|
|Simple syrup||1.5cl 0.5oz|
The Daiquiri is a classic cocktail that, for once, has a clearly documented history with David Wondrich calling it “the first true classic cocktail to be invented outside the United States”. The Daiquiri originated in Cuba and is named after either (or both) Playa Daiquiri, a beach near Santiago, Cuba, or the small town of Daiquiri that lies nearby. The creation of this drink is undisputedly credited to Jennings Stockton Cox, an American mining engineer working abroad in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Legend has it that Mr. Cox either (or both!) created the Daiquiri with the few ingredients he had on hand (rum, lime, and sugar), or that he concocted it as a way to serve rum to American guests after he ran out of gin.
The Daiquiri is recently undergoing a bit of a renaissance in terms of its popularity amongst bartenders, who consider the Daiquiri, alongside the Old-Fashioned and the Manhattan, as a way to judge the quality of a cocktail bar. The simplicity of these drinks can speak volumes in terms of the thoughtful choice of spirit, the care in preparing it, and subsequently the personality of the bartender itself. That and on a hot humid summer day, ordering a crisp and sour Daiquiri can be a lot more appealing than a bitter and complex Manhattan.