Prohibition made Cuba the Gem of the Caribbean. You could hop on a plane in Miami and be in Havana before lunch sipping Daiquiri’s. It was in this lost paradise of Cuba that the wonderfully simple and perfectly refreshing Daiquiri was invented.
As a preface to this story we need give credit to Facundo Bacardi who started his operations in Santiago de Cuba, and whose light rum is elemental in the make-up of the Daiquiri.
An American Engineer by the name of Jennings Cox was managing mines near Santiago de Cuba in the small town of Daiquiri. One evening when entertaining European guests he fell short of having traditional spirits like gin and whiskey to offer, so he embellished the local rum with lime juice and sugar. The combination proved popular and the guest’s gave regional name to the drink, thus Daiquiri was born. There are variations of the story and some say Facundo Bacardi himself was in the company that evening, but this is all lore of a time long gone and the Daiquiri still remains one of the greatest rum cocktails of all time. The recipe is as follows:
In a Shaker Glass Filled with Ice
- 2 Ounces of Light Rum
- The Juice of ½ Lime
- Two Teaspoon of Sugar Syrup (to taste)
Shake until shaker steel is frozen over. Strain into a Chilled Martini Saucer. Garnish with a Lime Wedge or Twist.
It is sweet it is tart and it has the ability to shake off the heat of the tropics like few other drinks.