The Classic Daiquiri

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The Daiquiri is a classic cocktail combining white rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. This simple trio of ingredients creates one of the most delicious classic drinks, and it’s also easy enough for anyone to make and enjoy at home!

You may also like my Coconut Daiquiri recipe!

History of the Daiquiri

Like many classic cocktails, some of it’s history is a little fuzzy. It’s said that the Daiquiri was invented in Cuba by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox. He was supposedly hosting a party when he ran out of gin and began instead mixing a blend of Bacardi rum with sugar and fresh lime juice. The name “Daiquiri” refers to the name of the beach nearby. For more about this classic cocktail’s history, check out this article on Difford’s Guide.

I love sour-style cocktails like the Daiquiri. Sours use a base spirit, a sweet component, and a sour component. (Some sours also employ egg whites for texture, but that’s another story.) There are a variety of formulas out there for creating the perfect sour-style cocktail, and there are also quite a few recipes claiming to make the perfect Daiquiri.

Why are there so many conflicting recipes for a classic Daiquiri?

Honestly, it can be pretty confusing when a google search for “classic Daiquiri recipe” pulls up tons of different recipes, each claiming to be the best or most authentic one! For this reason, I want to explain the different possible ratios for a Daiquiri, and share the one I enjoy most. So rather than one standard Daiquiri recipe, this post is here to help you decide what ratio of ingredients you might like best. Everyone is different, and while there are general rules of thumb for creating balanced cocktails, your taste might lean more to the strong, sweet, or sour side. For our purposes, all that matters most is that you thoroughly enjoy your cocktail!

Daiquiri Ingredient Ratios

Some folks prefer a mix of 2 parts spirit, 1 part sweet, and 1 part sour. This makes for a very easy-sipping cocktail, but sometimes the flavor of the spirit is lost in the other ingredients. Because of this, some prefer a ratio of 2 parts spirit, ¾ part sweet, and ¾ part sour (or even 2 to ½ to ½!) This ratio lets the flavor of the liquor shine through a bit more, while remaining balanced by the sweet and sour elements.

Now, you can make a sour-style cocktail with any spirit following this basic 2 parts to 3/4 part to 3/4 part template and it will probably taste pretty great. However, each spirit and each brand of spirit is a bit different, and you may notice that the ratio needs to be tweaked accordingly. Because rum is made from sugar, it has a natural sweetness that works well with a slightly stronger hit of sour citrus. For this reason, I often make Daiquiris with the following recipe:

  • 2 parts white rum (spirit)
  • 1 part lime juice (sour)
  • ¾ part simple syrup (sweet)

However, if you prefer a slightly sweeter drink, use equal measures of lime and simple syrup. If your rum is very flavorful and you like a slightly longer sipping drink, use the 2 to 1 to 1 ratio. Ultimately, it is the rum that you use that will determine what ratio is just right. But the recipe below is a nice starting point, and now you’ll know how to adjust it to your own taste!

I hope this discussion of formulas for sour-style cocktails like the Daiquiri was helpful! What’s your preferred ratio?

Classic Daiquiri

The classic Daiquiri recipe featuring white rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, and simple syrup.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Amy Traynor

Ingredients

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill 3/4 with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel, if desired.

Notes

To create simple syrup, simply combine equal parts sugar and water and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Learn more about simple syrup and other cocktail syrups in my Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Syrups.
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