The Drink | Dark Daiquiri

This is a riff on the classic daiquiri invented by American engineer Jennings Cox in 1898 in Daiquiri, Cuba. Cox had just run out of gin, so he used local rum instead with his lime juice and sugar Gimlet recipe. People have been enjoying —and modifying — daiquiris ever since (including Ernest Hemingway who has a version named for him). Becky and I ran out of white rum one night and, when we subbed in aged rum, discovered we liked this version even better. Enjoy this one as written or make your own version— it’s part of the magic of daiquiris. 

  • 1 1/2 oz. aged rum (Amanda Docter recommends Zaya rum)
  • 3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup 
  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake 20-30 seconds.
  • Strain into a coupe glass (or any other glass if you are out of coupes).

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