Santa Cruz Rum Daisy – Classic Recipe

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Santa Cruz Rum Daisy

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Learn how to make the Santa Cruz Rum Daisy cocktail.


  • 1/3 oz 1/3 Lemon Juice

  • 1 dash 1 Gum Syrup

  • 3 dashes 3 Maraschino Liqueur

  • 2 oz 2 Gold Rum

  • 1.5 oz 1.5 Soda Water


  • Technique: Saxe Soda Shake
  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except for the soda water.
  • Add one medium or two small ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake until the ice fully melts.
  • Without a strainer, pour the chilled and aerated drink into a glass.
  • Top with soda water.


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The History Of The Daisy Style Cocktail.

The daisy was another early cocktail style emerging around the same time as the crusta and many other early standard sour cocktails. The Daisy is essentially a crusta with an ounce of soda water to cut the intensity and make the cocktail more refreshing. First appearing in the 1862 edition of the Bartender’s Guide by Jerry Thomas, The daisy is a beautiful cocktail if you find the standard sour is a bit too strong.

What Does The Daisy Taste Like?

What I like about each of the classic daisy cocktails is each has a unique flavor they add for complexity. The whiskey daisy has an almond and cherry flavor, the brandy daisy has an orange flavor, and the Santa Cruz rum daisy has a slight maraschino liqueur flavor. Balanced nicely with the rum and lemon juice, the rum daisy is a delightful tasting cocktail.

Use The Right Kind Of Rum.

The most essential ingredient in this cocktail is the kind of rum. Unlike most cocktails, this one benefits from an excellent smooth gold rum as none of the other ingredients are made to overshadow the base spirit. The caramel flavor of the rum is front and center of this cocktail and accentuated by the maraschino cherry liqueur, so nicer sipping rum results in a superior product.

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