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Cocktail of the week: Rum Daiquiri

By Amber Rolt on 31/07/14 10:00 AM

Developed in the late 1880’s in Cuba and the favourite drink of Ernest Hemmingway, the rum Daiquiri is an elementary cocktail. If you’re going to learn to make one rum cocktail, learn to make this one. The Daiquiri has developed, in a similar vein to the Martini and the Margarita. Rum is the key ingredient here, and there are various ways of making it. Most involve a trip through the blender with a dash of fruit and herbs. However, the ‘real’ Daiquiri (how they serve them on the beach in the Caribbean) doesn’t need the extra frills that fancy cocktail bars use, and is by far the simplest and most effective method.

The rum, syrup and lime should all find a balance in the glass. If it is too tart, add more sugar; too sweet, add more lime. Follow these easy steps to become a master, then enjoy, and memorize for a happy Daiquiri filled future.



1 1/2 ounces light rum

3/4 ounce lime juice

1/4 ounce simple syrup



Pour the light rum, lime juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake well until all the ingredients are mixed together. Then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve immediately.


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