In the 1930s, Cuban cocktails started to become popular in the united states thanks to the writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. This cocktail was invented in the late 1800s by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer living in Cuba at the time, and is named after the Daiquiri Mines he worked in the east of Santiago.
The oldest printed recipe I could find for this is from the 1935 Bar La Florida from Havana, Cuba, and it refers to Jennings’s original recipe as the Daiquiri Nom. 1, So I will call it the #1 here as well. The reason for this is the Bar then created three more versions of the daiquiri. The orange-flavored #2, The grapefruit-flavored #3, and the Lemon flavored #4. They also invented the Hemingway, which is boozier and less sweet #3.
I can’t say this is the exact #1 recipe from Bar La Florida as that one used lemon juice instead of lime. Most periphery writings around that same time that I found that Jenning’s original cocktail used lime and lemon, makes the #1 very similar to the #4. So I made this one lime for the sake of variety and with some precedent from most other writings.
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