This drink has been criticized heavily for its bitter taste and strong hangovers but in its purest form, the Daiquiri is simple and sublime, a delicate blend of rum’s sweetness with the raw freshness of sugar and lime juice. Whole lives have been dedicated to balancing the three. That each ingredient should be of the highest quality goes without saying, though even then the Daiquiri can throw you off the curve. Choose a too-sweet rum, and you’re sipping liquid candy; overdo the citrus, and the cocktail drowns in a pool of acidity.
Our recipe walks the knife edge with a mix of light rum and a darker demerara sugar syrup. The two bring out the best qualities in each other. One trick when juicing the limes: Use a hand-squeezer (or your own hands). The oils from the rind add an extra flash of intensity that gives the cocktail a nice, bright edge.
- 2 ounces light rum
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 3/4 ounce demerara sugar syrup
- Garnish: lime twist
- Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe.
- Garnish with a lime twist.