Daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum and lime juice. There are several versions, but those that gained international fame are the ones made in one of the most famous bars in the world: the Floridita, in Havana.
The name Daiquiri is also the name of a beach near Santiago, Cuba, and an iron mine in that area. It is said that the cocktail was invented by an engineer that worked in that very mine, which explains the origin of the cocktail's name.
Daiquiri Natural is the basic mix, that serves as the starting point to the more complex cocktails of the family:
Mix the ingredients in a shaker and serve.
This is the most common and famous version of this cocktail. Allegedly it was invented by Constantino Ribalaigua Vert, barman and owner of the Floridita in the 1950s, whom Ernest Hemingway nicknamed El grande Constante (the Grand Constante). This recipe is also known as Daiquiri Frappe.
- 1.5 oz light-dry rum
- The juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Crushed ice
- 10 drops of Maraschino liqueur
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until ice is finely crushed and serve iced.
Papa's is the version of the cocktail that allegedly Hemingway preferred (Papa is the nickname that fishermen gave Hemingway in Cuba), is identical to the Floridita Daiquiri, it only substitutes lime juice with grapefruit juice. It is said that Hemingway drank this cocktail with no sugar and doubled the rum.
Mulata is the same cocktail as the Floridita Daiquiri, but instead of light-dry rum (which is colorless) it requires aged rum, which gives the cocktail an amber color.