It’s Friday, and here at Koktail Magazine we have something new to serve you. Koktail Kicks is a new online series where we’ll be sharing the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic cocktails.
Where better to start than this week’s cocktail, the classic Daiquiri. A simple and timeless drink made from three ingredients—rum, lime juice, and sugar—the Daiquiri is a smooth blend of refreshing citrus, with a sweet and smoky kick.
As the story goes, the Classic Daiquiri was invented by an American engineer working in a Cuban copper mine. When he ran out of gin while entertaining guests, he picked out a local rum and made a simple mixture with fresh lime juice and sugar. Legend has it that the drink was either named after a nearby beach—Playa Daiquirí—or the mine. It was then introduced to the Army and Navy Club in Washington D.C., and from there to the World.
Daiquiri nowadays can be made with many twists as far as creativity and imagination go. For example, the juicy and fragrant Lychee Daiquiri, or Hemingway Daiquiri, is a version loved by many. This rendition was, of course, named after the great American novelist, Ernest Hemingway. As the story goes, he sipped the drink at the El Floridita bar in Havana and told the bartender to lose the sugar and add more shots of rum. There are those who claim he even sank 13 in one sitting. The present-day version of the Hemingway Daiquiri is made with rum, maraschino liqueur, lime, and grapefruit juice—simply awesome.
Spoil yourself by trying both the Hemingway Daiquiri and the Classic. Why not? And do let us know your favourite. Happy Friday!