It was John F. Kennedy’s supposed favorite drink. Ernest Hemingway was also a fan. Maybe because it goes so well with Cuban cigars and hot weather? Who knows. It’s a great summer drink made with lime juice, sugar and rum. Shaken, not stirred… it is the Daiquiri.
Today (July 19) is National Daiquiri Day. And with this heatwave we’ve been having, what could be better? So celebrate summer by filling a cocktail shaker with ice, pouring in one and a half ounces of rum, one ounce of fresh lime juice, and one teaspoon of simple syrup or superfine sugar, then, like the song says, shake it up baby! Strain it into a glass and take a sip full of summer.
That’s the classic recipe, which, as history has it, was invented by an American mining engineer and named for a beach and iron mine he was working at near Santiago, Cuba. Over the years there have been many variations on this theme. My favorite, especially when the markets have red, ripe strawberries at their disposal, involves adding them and the above ingredients into a blender with lots of ice, whipping up a batch of frozen strawberry daiquiris and just sitting on the deck with my friends and relaxing.
Frozen strawberry daiquiri, anyone?
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