When looking into a good rum drink for Episode 17 I was surprised to learn that the daiquiri, rather than being the girly, frozen, fruity drink that my mom used to drink on New Years Eve, was considered a manly man’s drink. It was beloved of JFK, Hemingway, and generations of pirates and sailors before them. The drink was popular in Cuba and gained popularity amongst Americans when Admiral Lucius Johnson introduced the recipe to the Army Navy Club in DC, in 1909. The original recipe for a daiquiri consisted of nothing more than rum, sugar and lime shaken with ice. Substitute water for the ice and the combination of rum, lime and a little sugar was very similar to the grog that sailors would get rationed while on board. So as summer approaches mix yourself up a daiquiri and enjoy this macho cocktail.
The Classic Daiquiri
1 1/2 ounces light rum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon superfine sugar or simple syrup
Shake well over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Photo by Kenn Wilson