August 16 was National Rum Day. It was also a fairly warm day. These two facts provided inspiration for me to make a Daiquiri.

At some point, the name Daiquiri became associated with large, blended, sickly sweet concoctions, but the original recipe is a simple drink served straight-up. There are just three ingredients: Rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, and simple syrup. With over the half of the drink consisting of Rum it is a drink that allows a tasty Rum to shine. I love Appleton V/X, as it is inexpensive, but has more character than Bacardi or most other white rums.


2 oz Rum
1 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
0.5 oz Simple syrup

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, serve up

Note that simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar and water. You can buy it pre-made in the grocery store.

California Girl Comments: I am a philistine!  I like my Daiquiri’s with fruit like strawberry.  Poor Brit, he has yet to get me to like the more sour type drinks.

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