Classic Daiquiri

One of the most classic sour cocktails! This daiquiri recipe has the perfect balance of boozy, tart and sweet with rum, lime and sweetener.

Daiquiri cocktail

Ready for one of the best easy classic cocktail recipes? The classic daiquiri. No, it’s not frozen like what became popular in the 1990’s. It’s a classic that goes back hundreds of years that features 3 ingredients: rum, lime, and simple syrup. It sounds simple, but the balance of each element is pure perfection! Here’s how to make this classic daiquiri recipe, and the simple formula you can memorize.

Want it frozen instead? Try our Lime Frozen Daiquiri or Strawberry Daiquiri.

What is a daiquiri?

You might first think of frozen daiquiris, like the virgin strawberry daiquiris you ordered as a teen and thought you were oh so sophisticated. Turns out, a classic daiquiri is not frozen at all! A daiquiri is a family of cocktails with the main ingredients are rum, citrus juice (usually lime), and a sweetener. A classic daiquiri is shaken, strained, and served in a cocktail glass. It’s on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, and is thought to have been invented in the 1800’s in Cuba. Here’s what’s in a daiquiri:

Frozen daiquiris are mixed alcoholic drinks with pureed ice; the texture is similar to a smoothie. There can be all sorts of frozen daiquiri flavors: strawberry daiquiri, lime daiquiri, banana daiquiri, pineapple daiquiri, and so forth. If you live in the US, this is probably the type of daiquiri that you think of, which has become ubiquitous.

How to make a daiquiri

How to make a daiquiri

Why not add this classic daiquiri recipe to your repertoire? It’s so easy to make, reminiscent of the margarita and mojito with of its tart flavor. When we can, Alex and I like to create recipes that are easy to memorize. That way, you can always have them in your back pocket! So here’s how to make this easy-to-remember daiquiri recipe: To make a daiquiri, to a cocktail shaker, add:

  • 3 tablespoons light or white rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup

That’s 3-2-1, got it? All you have to do is shake it up with some ice to chill it, then pour it into a cocktail glass and serve with a lime wedge.

Daiquiri recipe

Use best quality rum

What kind of rum to use for a daiquiri? As with any simple cocktail: the better the quality of rum, the tastier the daiquiri! There’s not much to mask the alcohol, so the flavor of the drink is all about the quality of the rum. Try to find a mid-price range bottle, which is usually indicative of the quality.

Make sure to use white rum in a classic daiquiri! Dark rum is for a different type of drink (and would change the color and flavor dramatically).

Cousin drinks to the daiquiri

Because the daiquiri is such a classic sour cocktail, there are many drinks that are related! Here are some drinks you might not realize are related to the daiquiri:

  • Classic Mojito Here’s the classic mojito recipe, perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.
  • Southside Cocktail The Southside cocktail is an easy and refreshing gin drink made with mint, lemon and lime: think of it like a gin mojito!
  • Hemingway Daiquiri Ernest Hemingway was a lover of the daiquiri! This spin is dedicated to him and uses grapefruit and Maraschino liqueur.
  • Pisco Sour This classic sour cocktail features Pisco instead of rum, with lime and sweetener.
  • Caiprinha This Brazilian sour swaps out the rum with cachaça, pairing is with lime and sweetener.
Hemingway daiquiri (daiquiri variation)
The Hemingway Daiquiri features grapefruit and Maraschino liqueur

This daiquiri recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Daiquiri cocktail

Classic Daiquiri Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

One of the most classic sour cocktails! This daiquiri recipe has the perfect balance of boozy, tart and sweet with rum, lime and sweetener.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) best quality light or white rum
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup or maple syrup
  • Lime slice, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass. Serve garnished with a lime slice.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Daiquiri Recipe

More classic cocktails

Love great classic cocktails? Here are a few of the best of the best:

  • Whiskey Sour The best take on this classic: perfectly balanced with bourbon and lemon.
  • Classic Margarita The only margarita recipe you need! Here’s how to make the very best margarita with 3 simple ingredients: lime, Cointreau and tequila—and no added sugar.
  • Tom Collins Cocktail A Tom Collins is also known as a gin sour: is light and bubbly with soda water.
  • Gin Fizz Cocktail Want another gin cocktail? Try a refreshing Gin Fizz: it’s sweet, tangy, and has a frothy egg white foam topping.
  • Amaretto Sour It’s got just the right balance of amaretto with bourbon and lemon.

Last updated: May 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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