Classic Daiquiri for #SundaySupper

The theme of this week’s #SundaySupper is Beat the Heat – and I don’t know about you, but when I think about cooling off in summer a cold, refreshing cocktail is one of the first things that comes to mind. This classic daiquiri recipe fits the bill. With only three ingredients (rum, lime juice, and simple syrup) it’s clean and fresh, and oh so simple to make.

If you’re looking for a sugary, frozen, flavored concoction then this is not the drink for you. This is a daiquiri in its purest form, favored by luminaries like Hemingway. It is believed to have been concocted in the late 19th century in a Cuban mining town.. According to Rob Chirico on, “Although the locals had probably been knocking back rum and lime for years, in 1886 an American engineer, James Cox, and a Cuban engineer named Pagliuchi refined the rum and lime drink by adding cane sugar. When Admiral Lucius Johnson introduced the recipe to the Army Navy Club in DC, in 1909, the daiquiri was becoming one of the world’s most popular drinks.”

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The drink has a touch of sweetness from the simple syrup, and you can certainly add more to suit your taste. The bright, lightly astringent flavor of the lime juice shines through while not hiding the rum (so be sure to use good quality rum). Don’t even think about using bottled lime juice in this cocktail – you’d be better off mixing rum and bottled limeade and calling it a day. The fresh lime juice is essential here and adds only an extra minute of prep time.

Daiquiri Recipe from

There aren’t too many variations on the recipe for a classic daiquiri except for when it comes to measurements.  Most call for 1 1/2 to 2 ounces rum, 1/2 to 1 ounce fresh lime juice, and 1 teaspoon to 1/2 ounce simple syrup. I like mine with strong, with plenty of lime juice, and just enough simple sugar to make it go down smooth. You can start with these measurements and play around until you get a cocktail that’s perfectly suited for your taste.  For some awesome notes and background on the classic daiquiri, head over to Kitchen Riffs for another recipe and some great information.

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Classic Daiquiri
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This summery classic cocktail has only three ingredients: white rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake and enjoy!
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Yield: 1 cocktail
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounces fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  1. Put ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.
Gluten free, Parve, Vegetarian, Vegan

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57 thoughts on “Classic Daiquiri for #SundaySupper

  1. diabeticFoodie

    A daiquiri was the first drink I tried to order in a bar before I was legal. They actually served me at a place called “Daddy’s Money” (perfect name for a bar in a college town).

  2. kitchenriffs

    Great pictures! Beautiful lighting. That’s not easy to do. Thanks for the mention of my daiquri post! By coincidence in a grenadine post today I talked about pomegranate molasses, and mentioned your Bulgar Salad with Pomegranate Molasses post! Anyway, totally love the pictures – great job.

  3. Shut Up & Cook

    I have a great bottle of rum, and love drinks that don’t require loads of ingredients. You read my mind though because I was thinking about using bottled lime juice for this. Not anymore…that’s for sure!

  4. The Mom Chef

    I like your drink proportions very much. I also appreciate a good amount of juice that’s just been touched by syrup. Your daiquiris look perfect.

  5. Hotly Spiced

    I love cocktails like this where they’re clean and refreshing and the sweetness is cut by the limes. And I agree, these are perfect for the heat of your summer xx

  6. Anita at Hungry Couple

    Looks great and daiquiris are probably our favorite drinks. We love them frozen in the summer and plain in the winter. A couple of tiny variations on the original (mint and a bit of Cointreau) elevates it immensely.

  7. mjskit

    What a simple and simply delicious daiquiri! This is definitely my kind of cocktail – simple and refreshing. I make something similar with lime, vodka and mineral water. I think a little simple syrup might make it even better.

  8. Liz

    Oh, yeah…who needs ice cream when offered a cool, refreshing daiquiri! Perfect #SundaySupper Beat the Heat cocktail!!!

  9. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Beautiful cocktail shot, Katherine! John’s site has amaizing collection of cocktail recipes and photography. Your classic daiquiri looks delicious. I’m tired lately from kids’ summer break and I’d be happy to drink this and pass out. 🙂

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