Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

When properly made, the classic daiquiri has such a refined, complex taste that it's hard to believe how simple this cocktail really is. As in really simple. Like four ingredients and basically two steps simple. But that's all for the better; who needs a 10-ingredient, seven-step mixology muddle on their hands when his simpler cocktail is a masterpiece? When you take a sip of the daiquiri as laid out here by recipe developer Christina Musgrave of Tasting with Tina, you'll know the answer.

And whether you serve daiquiris at a casual summer gathering held out on the patio or a winter dinner party held near the crackling fire, you'll be doing it right. This cocktail is as versatile as it is simple to make, serving as a great aperitif before the meal or as a slow sipper to enjoy later on in the evening. Just watch out, because one more thing the daiquiri does well is hide that rum, so pace yourself!

Gather your ingredients for the a daiquiri

All you need to make this classic cocktail is light rum, lime juice, Demerara syrup, and a lime twist, for garnish. Of the rum, Musgrave says: "I'm a big fan of Diplomatico rum."

And if you don't have Demerara syrup on hand, you can use simple syrup, which you can also make yourself with just sugar and water.

Combine the liquids, add ice, and shake well

Got your cocktail shaker and plenty of ice ready? Okay, let's do it! Add the rum, the lime juice, and the Demerara syrup to that shaker, then add lots of ice. Now close up the shaker and get shaking! "Shake vigorously until the drink is cold and the lime juice really mixes with the other ingredients," says Musgrave.

Pour it out, garnish, and enjoy

Once the liquids are well-mixed and well-chilled, strain out a serving (or servings, if you made a few) into cocktail glasses, then garnish each glass with a twist of lime. Then serve an enjoy your classic daiquiri! Looking for more ideas how to do that? Musgrave says, "This is great year round. I love serving it with tacos and other fresh dishes that also have lime juice."

Where is the daiquiri from?

The daiquiri is a unique cocktail in that it can be called both Cuban and American. The drink originated in Cuba, where rum is plentiful given how well sugarcane grows there, but it was reportedly first mixed up by an American man, according to Eater. The story goes that an American living in the late 1890s invented the daiquiri when he ran out of gin while hosting a cocktail party. The new rum drink was a hit and has been enjoyed ever since, in Cuba, in America, and far beyond.

Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe
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Calling all rum lovers — this daiquiri cocktail is definitely for you!
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daiquiri cocktail and shaker
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce Demerara syrup
  • 1 lime twist, for garnish
  1. Add the light rum, lime juice, and Demerara syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist and serve.
Calories per Serving 196
Total Fat 0.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 19.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
Total Sugars 12.0 g
Sodium 10.7 mg
Protein 0.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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