The Daiquiri is a cocktail I often come back to when I find myself in a cocktail rut. It’s simple, well-balanced and a great representative of how different rums can create many different variations of the same drink.
Many drinkers think of Daiquiris as frozen, strawberry cocktails served in giant goblets, but the traditional Daiquiri is a simple combination of white rum, lime and sugar. That makes for a tasty drink indeed, but experimenting with the rum can yield some incredible results.
While white or silver rums are the traditional choice in daiquiris, you can feel free to mix things up by opting for a darker rum or even a blend of rums.
Anejo Daiquiris, which are just Daiquiris made with aged rum, are a fine choice. For that, you can look to something simple like Don Q Anejo or–if you’ve got more money to burn–Mount Gay XO. Or try something with a bit more depth to it, like Appleton Rum from Jamaica.
For a really unique Daquiri, you might try Old Monk Rum, which produces a complex and buttery rendition of the classic favorite. Depending on which rum you use, your ratio of lime to sugar will change. Some rums require a heavier hand with the sugar, while others need a lighter touch. The below recipe is the standard for white rum, and works with most medium-bodied aged rums as well.
2 ounces rum
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fine sugar
Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.