This classic Daiquiri was created in 1898. Said to have been created by Jennings Cox, an engineer with the Spanish-American Iron Company, near the town of Daiquiri in Cuba.
In need of a cooling drink in the tropical heat, a mining engineer in the Cuban town of Daiquirí shook rum and lime with ice. Word spread and the top bartenders in Havana picked it up in no time.
The drink of choice of many historic characters including Hemmingway and JFK, it achieved its iconic status in the Prohibition years when Americans visited Cuba on holiday.
At The Rum Festival, we like to add strawberries to our Daiquiris to add texture and taste.
50ml White Rum
25ml Fresh Lime Juice
½ Gomme or 2 tsp Sugar
4 Fresh chopped strawberries (if you like!)
Place sugar and freshly cut lime juice into a cocktail shaker and stir until the sugar has dissolved (alternatively gomme syrup works a treat!)
Then pour in the rum and fill the shaker with half-cubed ice, followed by some half-crushed ice
Place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled.
Finally, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with lime