Daiquiri cocktail

Classic Daiquiris

When ordering a Daiquiri, like when ordering a Martini or even a steak, you need to convey exactly what Daiquiri you desire and how you'd like it. It's essential to be specific as ordering just a "Daiquiri" could result in your being asked, "What flavour would you like - strawberry, banana, mango or pineapple?" In such cases answering, "just lime please" often leaves the questioner perplexed.

When I first visited Cuba back in the late 1990s, I learned that asking for a mere "Daiquiri" (pronounced 'Dye-Ker-Ree') would result in my being served a blended slushy Daiquiri, the default serve for a Daiquiri on this hot island. I quickly learnt that, at that time in Cuba, you needed to order a "Natural Daiquiri" when seeking a classic shaken rather than blended Daiquiri.

Constantino (Constante) Ribalagua Vert, the bartender who presided over the bar at Havana's La Florida (later renamed Floridita) in Havana for some 40 years, until his death in early December 1952, is credited for making the frozen Daiquiri famous. He also further confused ordering a Daiquiri by listing his Daiquiri adaptations by number - presumably in the order he created them: Daiquiri No.2, No.3, No.4 and No.5.

Thus, an "original"/"classic" Daiquiri should properly be termed Daiquiri No.1 and this can be served either 'natural' (straight-up), 'on-the-rocks' (over cubed ice) or 'frozen' (blended with crushed ice).

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Daiquiri No.1 (6:2:1 recipe)

This 6:2:1 (6 parts rum, 2 parts lime and 1 part sugar) Daiquiri recipe emerged after an afternoon's Daiquiri experimentation with five of the UK's most

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Daiquiri (frozen)

Blend with too much ice and you will have a tasteless slushy drink that will give you brain-ache if you drink it too fast. However, made correctly and

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Daiquiri (on-the-rocks)

Light and refreshing. No one flavour predominates - sweet and sour are in harmony with the rum.

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Daiquiri No.1 Natural (Countdown 3:2:1 formula)

Made to the easy-to-remember 3:2:1 Daiquiri countdown formula (3 parts rum, 2 parts lime & 1 part sugar), this balanced and limey daiquiri suits a more

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Daiquiri No.2

A Daiquiri with subtle orange notes, but far from being a mere Orange Daiquiri.

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Daiquiri No.2 (El Floridita style)

Like other Daiquiris, this complex version benefits from dilution so consider adding a dash of water.

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Daiquiri No.4 (Florida style)

Maraschino cherry liqueur flavours this finely balanced golden rum based Daiquiri.

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Mulata Daiquiri

A classic Daiquiri with aged rum and a hint of chocolate.

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Daiquiri No.1 Natural (Embury's 8:2:1 formula)

Traditionally a Daiquiri should always be based on light rum but if I should feel like breaking with tradition and using aged rum, I find Embury's 8:2:1

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Daiquiri No.3

A Daiquiri No.1 with a tang of grapefruit and hint of maraschino. Essentially a Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble) Daiquiri for folk without the great

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Daiquiri No.5 (Pink Daiquiri)

Classically tangy Daiquiri sweetened with pomegranate syrup and a splash of maraschino.

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El Presidente

Rum and vermouth combine harmoniously in this delicate and subtly citrus fresh cocktail.

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Honeysuckle Daiquiri

A Daiquiri made with flavoursome honey in place of sugar, or a Bee's Knees with rum in place of gin. However you view this, it's damn tasty.

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Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble)

This drink is also known as a Papa Doble for good reason, it's twice the size of a regular cocktail. Hence the above recipe will fill one oversize Martini

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Hotel Nacional Special

A fruity but sophisticated riff on the classic Daiquiri with fresh pineapple and apricot liqueur. It would appear the Hotel Nacional was originally made

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Daiquiri riffs & variations

Classically, the Daiquiri is a simple three-ingredient cocktail: rum (spirit), lime (sour), sugar (sweet), and water (dilution) presented in perfect harmony.