The glorious combination of rum, sugar and lime juice has been sustaining drinkers for centuries, but the original daiquiri recipe wasn't penned until the late 1800s. According to folklore, that's when Jennings Cox, an American working in Cuba, wrote down the recipe during a party after he ran out of gin and needed to substitute rum, which was more widely available on the island.
Cox may not have invented the daiquiri's specific combination of flavors, which harken back to "grog," a drink consumed by men enlisted in the British Navy to combat scurvy, but he did immortalize the drink and named it after a nearby port town.
To celebrate this year's National Daiquiri Day, pull out the rum, pick some limes and sprinkle with sugar for a refreshing ode to our Caribbean neighbor. Below, you'll find a simple, classic recipe, based on this one from Serious Eats.
Or perhaps a frozen daiquiri is more your speed? Perfected at the Floridita in Havana, the drink has undergone a transformation that has introduced added flavors like strawberry, banana and other tropical fruit.
Visit the Daiquiri Deck or Pop's Sunset Grill for more variety than you can drink your way through (unless you're Ernest Hemingway, who, allegedly, could put away 15 a night). To celebrate today's "holiday," the Daiquiri Deck is offering up a ton of specials, including the chance to win free daiquiris for a year. Find out more here.
2 oz. light rum
3/4 oz. lime juice (about half of a lime)
1 tsp. sugar
Combine sugar and lime in a cocktail shaker and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add rum and fill the shaker with ice. Shake or stir until chilled. Strain into your preferred cocktail glass.