The Original Cuban Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

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 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 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 3 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 of Jenning’s original cocktail used lime and using lemon makes the #1 very similar to the #4. So for the sake of variety, and with some precedent from most other writings, I made this one lime.

Daiquiri Cocktail
Daiquiri Cocktail

Daiquiri ingredients:

  • 60 mls (1.5 oz) White Rum
  • 30 mls (1.5 oz) Simple Syrup
  • 20 mls (1 oz) Lime Juice

Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker. Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

ABV = 21%

Originated from Santiago, Cuba


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