The daiquiri is a mixed drink that most folks associate with New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and wild nights on Bourbon St. Unlike many cocktails, this drink has a spirit (beyond alcohol) and an attitude that makes the daiquiri recipe something special.
When most people think of daiquiris, they either think of a tropical island getaway or a wild night on Bourbon Street. This drink is the epitome of what it means to let loose and have fun! Best of all, there are tons of amazing, mind-blowing daiquiri recipes out there.
Now, there’s a lot of confusion concerning how to spell this unique cocktail, with many spelling it “daquiris,” however, this is incorrect. The proper spelling is “daiquiri” or “daiquiris” plural.
Ah, the daiquiri – a timeless classic in the world of cocktails that has earned its rightful place among the greats. Its simplicity allows for the true flavors of the carefully chosen ingredients to shine through, while its versatility encourages creativity and experimentation. In this article, you will learn about the foundation of a good daiquiri recipe and the different ways to customize it according to your taste preferences.
The traditional daiquiri is made up of three simple components: rum, lime juice, and sugar. You might be surprised to learn that such a basic combination can result in such a delightful concoction. The key lies in finding the perfect balance between these elements – the sweetness of the sugar, the acidity of the lime, and the rich, slightly sweet taste of the rum all come together in perfect harmony. With this foundation in place, the door is open for you to explore different variations and flavors.
Beyond the classic recipe, there are endless possibilities for you to experiment with by incorporating fresh fruits, swapping out the type of rum, or even playing with the sweetener component. Whether you’re a fan of bold flavors or prefer something more subtle, the daiquiri has a version that will suit your palate. As you delve into this iconic cocktail, remember that practice makes perfect, and with time, you’ll become a master in crafting the perfect daiquiri tailored to your taste buds.
What is a daiquiri?
While most of us associate this cocktail with a world-famous American city, you might be surprised to learn that this cocktail was actually invented in Cuba.
The original classic daiquiri recipe was invented by an American engineer named Jennings Cox in 1896. Cox worked in Cuba shortly after the Spanish American War. Legend has it he created the cocktail one day when he ran out of gin while hosting a cocktail party. Rum was the most plentiful spirit on the island, so he used that as a substitute for his special punch, giving birth to the rum daiquiri.
Despite what’s written on his recipe card, the drink was made using limes since lemons were not even grown or imported to Cuba. He also used brown sugar. The drink turned into an overnight sensation. Cox named it the “Daiquiri,” in honor of a nearby port town, which was also the first location the American military invaded during the Spanish American War.
However, Cox’s drink was based on locals’ mixture in Cuba for many years. The prototype for the cocktail is “grog,” a drink made with sugar, rum, lime juice, and water, and was used by the British Royal Navy to save sailors from scurvy several centuries before.
Cox’s drink, which had grown very popular in Cuba, had found its way to the United States in 1909 when Admiral Lucius W. Johnson brought over the recipe. The officer became a fan of the local daiquiri drink while attending one of Cox’s parties in Cuba and introduced the cocktail to the Army and Navy Club of Washington D.C.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Tale of Two Daiquiris
Another aspect of daiquiris that often confuses New Orleans tourists is that there are two versions of this cocktail. Much like the margarita, there’s a frozen and non-frozen version. However, the frozen version is by far the more popular one. Unlike traditional daiquiris, frozen daiquiris didn’t become popular until the 1990s.
Below we’ll share 9 of the best daiquiri recipe ideas, along with how to make a daiquiri and how to make a frozen daiquiri.
Daiquiri come in many different flavors, but one flavor that genuinely celebrates its tropical spirit is the pineapple daiquiri.
Best of all, this frozen cocktail is super-easy to make at home using your blender. You don’t even need to buy a store-bought mix. It only has a few ingredients: lime juice, pineapple, and rum.
While the recipe calls for canned or fresh pineapple and ice, we recommend freezing fresh pineapple along with ice for the best flavor and smoother consistency.
The delightful sweetness of the pineapple, along with the sour lime juice, dances with coconut rum to create a relaxed and refreshing experience that feels like you’re on a tropical beach watching the sunset.
If you would like a bit more “umph,” try adding a bit of Triple Sec or Cointreau.
The Banana Daiquiri is another one of those insanely tasty daiquiris folks love to order in the Big Easy or while out on a tropical cruise.
This recipe combines the sweet and soft flavor of bananas with sour lime or lemon juice and the smooth richness of rum for a delicious cocktail that’s simple and fun.
The main ingredients include the rum of your choice, lemon or lime juice, sugar syrup, banana, and ice. You can also use a frozen banana, and if you want to make it sweeter without sugar syrup, use a ripe banana.
If you want to add a bit more alcohol, you can try a bit of triple sec to give it a bit more of a citrus flavor.
Look no further than the Hemingway Daiquiri when it comes to tasty daiquiris with real character.
In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway began making trips to Cuba. Once there, the iconic American author fell in love with the daiquiri while visiting the El Floridita bar. Eventually, he asked the bartender to make his own version which consisted of double the rum with no sugar. The bar named the drink Papa Doble.
However, it seems Hemingway’s version was not very popular, so the bar renamed the drink in his honor and changed it a bit to make it more palatable. They also call this drink the Hemingway special and the Papa Hemingway.
Ingredients for the Hemmingway Daiquiri include white rum, grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, and a lime wedge or lime slices for garnish.
The frozen strawberry daiquiri is by far the most popular frozen daiquiri recipe globally.
Take one sip, and it’s easy to see why.
This drink is frosty, tangy, sweet, and perfect for hot summer nights. Frozen strawberry daiquiris are a staple drink on Bourban Street and are popular at many brunches, parties, and backyard BBQs.
Best of all, it only uses a couple of simple ingredients, such as strawberries, fresh lime, simple syrup, and white rum.
As with any fruit, if you use frozen strawberries, you will use less ice, which can take away from the flavor and potency of your cocktail.
If you find the mixture a bit too thick, adding about a tablespoon or more of water can help make it more drinkable.
One of my personal favorites is the mango daiquiri. I have to admit, mango was a bit of an acquired taste. The first time I had mango was when I was a teen. I didn’t know what to make of the intense flavor. It’s not an entirely sweet fruit as it has an almost strange “plant” aftertaste that makes it very distinct.
This daiquiri recipe uses white rum, fresh mangos, lime juice, and simple syrup (optional depending on how sweet you want it.)
The recipe also displays a handy mango cutting tool that makes slicing mangos much easier.
Finally, you can muddle your rum with some mint for more flavor and add a few leaves as a lovely garnish.
Another sweet fruit that makes a delicious daiquiri is peaches. And while many recipes call for peach-flavored liqueurs, this one uses natural fruit for a more authentic taste.
The ingredients include fresh peach or peach puree, sugar syrup, fresh lime juice, and white rum.
If you’re using a fresh peach, you’ll just need to muddle your peach on the bottom of your shaker before adding your other ingredients.
And if you want a bit more sweetness and peach flavor, about an ounce of peach Schnapps will do the trick.
Also, when using a peach, it’s best to use a very ripe peach instead of a fresh one. This makes it easier for the alcohol to absorb the flavor.
This unique spin on the original daiquiri is a refreshingly tart and sweet cocktail that packs quite a punch.
Ingredients for this recipe include white rum, orange juice or grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, Curacao or maraschino liqueur, ice cubes, and a lime wheel and Maraschino cherry for garnish.
This cocktail has a slight citrus taste that’s bright, vibrant, and very flavorful. It almost reminds me of a mojito without the mint.
Now, we recommend at least a mid-priced liquor to ensure the best flavor when it comes to rum. The quality is not only crucial for the taste, but also for the drink’s bright white color. Aged or dark rum also works well, but it will change the color of the cocktail.
As exciting as all of these wonderful flavors are, sometimes it’s nice to revisit the classic recipe.
This daiquiri only has a few ingredients: sugar, light rum, and fresh lime juice. You can also substitute lime juice for citrus juice like grapefruit, lemon, or orange.
And you can sweeten it a bit using some simple syrup.
This original version is shaken, strained, and served in a fancy cocktail glass with a lime wheel garnish.
The refreshingly tart flavor is direct and lip-puckering but tempered a bit by the sweet rum and simple syrup. You can also try Hemmingway’s original version using double rum and no sugar if you’re feeling especially bold.
This seasonal fruit daiquiri is ideal for enjoying the summer with family and friends. The Watermellon Daquiri features real watermelon combined with lime juice, light rum, sugar, and ice and is one of the best daiquiris ever!
You can substitute the sugar for simple syrup, and frozen watermelon with a little less ice will give you a creamier consistency. Plus, you can add a little triple sec for a more citrus flavor with some added potency.
This drink was just made for a hot summer afternoon or nighttime pool party, and you can taste the spirit of the summer with every sip.
If you would like to learn more incredible daiquiri recipes, be sure to check out the video below.
Our BEST Daiquiri Recipes (+The Hemingway Daiquiri)
- 3 oz white rum
- ½ oz maraschino liqueur
- ¾ fresh lime juice
- 1½ oz fresh grapefruit juice
- ½ cup ice
- Combine rum, maraschino liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and ice into a blender.
- Blend mixture until smooth
- Pour into chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with lemon slices or lime wedge.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.