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Classic Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

If you know what’s good for you, you’ll forget what you think you know about Daiquiris and listen to your fake old-school father. And by your fake old-school father, I mean, of course, me.

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe | Umami Girl

There are two types of Daiquiri in this world, son. And if you’re ever gonna amount to anything, you’ll need to know the difference between the two. First there’s the kind you’ve got to spray with DDT before you can touch. The one that’s got the pineapple and the paper umbrella and comes out of the Snoopy snow cone machine. That one turns straight men gay and kills diabetics on contact with the glass. God’s honest truth.

The other kind, well, let’s just say the other kind is what I ordered for your mother on the, uh, first night of our honeymoon. It is, as they say, an exercise in restraint. Rum, fresh lime juice, sugar. Shaken. Nothing more. J.F.K. and Hemingway didn’t need more. And neither will you, if you know what’s good for you.

(This week’s post, like the drink, is short and not too sweet. Recipe after the jump.)

Carolyn xx


Classic Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

Makes one drink (or make a pitcher -- see notes below.)


  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (recipe below)


  • Combine the rum, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add a few ice cubes and shake. Pour into an ice-filled glass and serve.
  • Alternatively, you can make a pitcher of these for a crowd, which is a little less classic but a whole lot easier if you’ve got a lot of people to serve and lack a full-time bartender. Mix the ingredients in a 2 : 1 : ½ ratio in a pitcher, chill, and serve in ice-filled glasses.
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    Simple Syrup Recipe

    Makes about 1 cup


    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water


  • Combine the sugar and the water in a small pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Cool. Can be stored, covered, in the fridge for up to a month.
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