Classic Daiquiri



Made by Evan Rothrock

A simpler drink for a simpler time. A classic sour with maritime roots, the traditional Daiquiri cocktail isn’t a frozen blended drink made cloyingly sweet with the addition of fruit syrups (ahem, strawberry). Notably adored by Ernest Hemmingway (He reportedly drank 17 in one day), there’s even a version named after him that omits the sugar entirely as per his standing request at El Floridita in Havana, Cuba. Lime blunts the alcohol of the rum and a bit of simple syrup balances the sourness of the lime juice.

This recipe utilizes Dakabend rum from Oaxaca, Mexico, which has a distinct grassy, black olive aroma that has to be tasted to be understood.

If you’re familiar with agricole style rhum, this is squarely in that camp flavor-wise. Suffice it to say, it makes a marvelous daiquiri cocktail…in fact Suzanne only drinks daiquiris with agricole style rhums in them now!

Let’s Get Shakin’

Serves: 1

Special Tools: Shaker tin, fine mesh strainer

Difficulty: Easy


2 oz of Dakabend Pot Still Rum (or another craft agricole style rhum)

½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice

½ oz simple syrup

Wheel of lime

  1. Add lime juice, simple syrup, Dakabend, and ice.
  2. Shake vigorously 20-25 times and then double strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. (Double straining isn’t necessary, but I prefer to remove the little lime segments from the fresh squeezed juice and the ice shards, so the daiquiri is pristine and quaffable).
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and grab your preferred writing utensil and channel your inner Hemmingway!

Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail

But will I like it?

Cocktail flavor profile

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!

So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well! 

  • Sweet 30% 30%
  • Sour 60% 60%
  • Spiritous 65% 65%
  • Refreshing 90% 90%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 80% 80%

Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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