My first heavy drinking experience took place when I was at the ripe age of 16. I know, I know, definitely not the most legal way to start off a drinking story, but in my defense, I was in a foreign country where the drinking age is significantly lower. So as far as the international law is concerned, I was abiding by it. While on this tropical vacation, I indulged a little too heavily in the seemingly harmless but incredibly dangerous Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri. It was sweet, it was delicious, and it was a lot more rum than I had planned on consuming in one sitting, or lifetime. Four hours on the beach and several Daiquiris later, I was drunk as a skunk and hurting real bad from sunburn, too much booze and an uncomfortable brain freeze/sugar rush combination. No more Daiquiris, I swore to myself. No more.
After experiencing the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri disaster of 2005, I never thought I’d want to consume a Daiquiri again. But on a night out with friends at a favorite cocktail bar of mine several years later, and of legal drinking age I might add, I was convinced by the bartender to order their Daiquiri. Slightly intimidated by him dropping the D-word, he assured me that their Daiquiri was not of the frozen variety, nor was it flavored, and I’d enjoy it a lot more. Hesitantly, I ordered it and took that first icy sip. Cool, slightly sweet and refreshing, I was a born-again Daiquiri lover.
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Looking back on my newfound love for this delicious and simple cocktail made it a no-brainer for April’s Cocktail of the Month. Not only is it perfect for the warm weather that is finally upon us, but it’s incredibly simple to make, with the ingredients being only rum, lime juice and sugar. A quality rum like Bacardi White or Caliche Rum are fantastic choices, and will be well-supported by fresh lime juice and superfine sugar. It may not be pool season yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this cocktail now. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket filled with goodies, and a thermos full of Daiquiri, and you’ll be giving yourself congratulatory high fives for coming up with the ultimate way to spend the day!
Below is a recipe for the perfect Daiquiri, written by the one and only Dave Wondrich. Mix up this cocktail and you’ll be more than ready for the warm months ahead. Cheers, and happy drinking!
The DaiquiriAdapted from Esquire.com
2 oz White Rum (we recommend Bacardi or Caliche)
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1/2 oz lime juice
Squeeze fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Add in superfine sugar and rum and shake vigorously with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
(Wondrich notes that some like their Daiquiri with dark rum, in which case replace the white rum with dark, and cut back a bit on the sugar.)