Before the days of slushy machines and sugar-laden smoothies, there was a far more refined and polished cocktail recipe. In tribute of the Cuban heritage of the daiquiri, we explored traditional Caribbean recipes that put the blended version to shame.
Legend has it that the daiquiri was invented in 1898 by an American named Jennings Stockton Cox, who was mining iron near the town of Daiquiri. To cool himself down, Cox made a simple concoction of rum, native limes and sugar. Later, Americans like Ernest Hemingway whisked off to Cuba during Prohibition for a sip of the iconic daiquiri.
1 1/2 ounces white rum
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
Combine ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake hard. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass with a thin wheel of lime to garnish.
Enjoy the best of Caribbean recipes today, National Daiquiri Day.