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).
Daiquiri No.1 (6:2:1 recipe)
Daiquiri No.1 Natural (Countdown 3:2:1 formula)
Daiquiri No.2 (El Floridita style)
Daiquiri No.4 (Florida style)
Daiquiri No.1 Natural (Embury's 8:2:1 formula)
Daiquiri No.5 (Pink Daiquiri)
Hemingway Special Daiquiri (Papa Doble)
Hotel Nacional Special
Daiquiri riffs & variations
Crisp, light and refreshing. Delicately simple yet with perfectly balanced complexity of flavours. For an even better Daiquiri: In place of sugar syrup,
Light and refreshing. No one flavour predominates - sweet and sour are in harmony with the rum.
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
Santa Marta Daiquiri
Wonderfully fruity aromatics to an otherwise classic natural Daiquiri.
Tangy pineapple fruit laced with characterful rums. Yumm!
Particularly delicate in its balance between sweet and sour.
Freshly pressed sugar cane syrup and the French elixir Chartreuse add complexity to the classic.
Makes strawberries and cream appear very dull.