The basic components of a Daiquiri are rum, a sweetener, lime juice and ice and it’s not surprising that this simple balance of ingredients really allows the rum to stand out. Emerging out of Cuba in the early 1900’s, where there was an abundance locally produced rum, lime and sugar, the cocktail quickly grew in popularity in the US through the mid 20th century. Hemingway was known to be a Daiquiri aficionado, creating his own signature low sugar recipe, and F. Scott Fitzgerald is credited with the first literary mention of the Daiquiri in his novel This Side of Paradise.
Though popular as a hot weather cocktail, the Daiquiri is just as at home during the winter holidays, and can be dressed up with festive flavors like Cranberry as found at the Gramercy Tavern in New York which was the inspiration for this post.
- 2 oz. dark rum (we used Goslings)
- 1 oz. cranberry syrup (see note on preparation)
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- Drunken Cranberries (see note on preparation)
- 1 spring of Rosemary
- Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well.
- Strain into in a cocktail glass, garnished w/ small spoonful of Drunken Cranberries
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, threaded with cranberries