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Happy National Daiquiri Day!

July 19th is National Daiquiri Day. We’ve never needed a reason to drink, but hey, we’ll drink to that! National Daiquiri Day celebrates the Cuban-born cocktail that was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway and remains a key component to tropical vacations.

Over the years, the original daiquiri – a simple combination of rum, lime and sugar – became marred by fruity syrups, sweet and sour and blenders. In honor of the holiday, mix up a traditional daiquiri to reconnect with the classic drink.

The Daiquiri

2 ounces light rum (Havana Club, if you can find it)
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Or strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Alternatively, use an aged rum for a delicious Anejo Daiquiri. Or pay tribute to Hemingway himself with a Hemingway Daiquiri, which adds fresh grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur to good effect.

The Hemingway Daiquiri

2 ounces light rum
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Luxardo maraschino liqueur

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a goblet over crushed ice.

Written by Kevin Gray

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