Classic Daiquiri (Serves 1)
This drink is a perfect balance of tart, sweet and rum. It requires no embellishments.
Use a good white Cuban-style rum for such a traditional version. You can substitute regular simple syrup if you must, but Demerara adds richness.
To make the rich Demerara syrup, combine 2 cups of Demerara or turbinado sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a brief boil; once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat. Cool completely before using or storing (in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks).
57g white rum, such as Bacardi Superior
28g ounce fresh lime juice
14g ounce rich Demerara syrup
Chill a cocktail (martini) glass
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the rum, lime juice and Demerara syrup. Seal; shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then strain into the chilled glass; double-strain only if you want to remove the tiny ice shards from the drink. (Some tipplers enjoy them in a daiquiri.)
Adapted from various sources, including Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin and Rebecca Cate (Ten Speed Press, 2016). It's available for purchase from Loot for R445. Click here to purchase.
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