Daiquiri cocktail

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Riffs & variations

Words by Simon Difford

Classically, the Daiquiri is a simple three-ingredient cocktail: rum (spirit), lime (sour), sugar (sweet), and water (dilution) presented in perfect harmony. But this simplicity makes it easy to modify by swapping the sweet element, the sour element, using different rums, and/or adding another adding another spirit altogether.

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Banana Daiquiri (shaken)

Perhaps better named a Sour Banoffee Daiquiri – what's not to like?

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Bella Donna Daiquiri

Back in 2003, this was the hit cocktail for Difford's Guide staff at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, after working at the Nightclub & Bar Beverage Convention.

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Cardamom Daiquiri

A charcoal-filtered light rum works best as more full-bodied rums simply don't sit well with the cardamon. Hit the right balance with the right rum and

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Chiclet Daiquiri

A wonderfully refreshing drink on a summer's day with surprisingly subtle flavours.

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Florida Daiquiri

This classic blend of rum, lime and sugar, but with a hint of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and maraschino. A user-friendly version of a Hemingway

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Melba Cocktail

This would be better named, Melba Daiquiri, as it is a Swedish punsch, absinthe, and grenadine influenced Daiquiri. I've dramatically changed the equal

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Passion Fruit Daiquiri

The rum character comes through in this tropically fruity cocktail.

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Triple Daiquiri

Cachaça (not slickly speaking a rum) adds distinctive grassy notes to this three 'rum' Daiquiri. Try swapping out the cachaça for rhum agricole and indeed

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Christmas Daiquiri

Fruity rum-laced cleansing citrus with delicate Christmassy spice.

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Black Daiquiri

More deep golden amber than black in appearance, this Daquiri takes its name from the black rum (well dark brown rum) it's made with. Pungent rum notes

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Four W Daiquiri

The oomph of rum, the sourness of grapefruit and the richness of maple syrup, all aromatised by bitters.

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Islay Daiquiri

An aged rum Daiquiri with smoky Islay whisky mellowed by rich honey.

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Nuclear Daiquiri

A great way to inflict mutually assured destruction, although there will be fallout the morning after.

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Daiquiri Elixir

Freshly pressed sugar cane syrup and the French elixir, Chartreuse, add complexity to the classic Daiquiri.

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Dry Daiquiri

Passion fruit syrup is powerful stuff and a little goes a long way in this drink.

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French Daiquiri

A classic Daiquiri made fruity with the addition of black raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice.

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Honey Daiquiri

Rich flavoursome honey replaces sugar syrup in this natural Daiquiri. Try experimenting with different kinds of honey. We favour orange blossom honey.

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Aged Honey Daiquiri

Rich flavoursome honey replaces sugar syrup in this delicious Daiquiri. The fuller the honey, perhaps the bigger the rum.

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More Supreme Daiquiri

The grassy oaky favours of aged rhum agricole sit well with the fresh lime and bittersweet liqueur.

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Santa Marta Daiquiri

A float of Kirsch eau-de-vie adds wonderfully fruity aromatics to an otherwise classic Natural Daiquiri.

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Witches' Daiquiri

Aniseed, sweet almond and delicate spice subtly influence this tasty Daiquiri.