AS I sip on my third or fourth daiquiri, and begin to write this, i am struck how cliche the diaquiri has become. Strawberry, lime, MANGO and every other flavor under the sun. swirled. frozen. we have destroyed the legacy of a deliciousLY, ELEGANT drink.
The Daiquiri was originally concocted by an iron miner in Cuba by the name of Jennings Cox. The legend states he ran out of gin and went out to get more spirits and the easiest to find was, of course, rum. He made a rum punch with lemons, water, sugar and rum.
The First Daiquiri Recipe from the Bacardi Archives
The drink took on a life of its own (as they always do) and the bartenders began riffing. Eventually, the drink became a single serve masterpiece.
In the 1920s, the daiquiri became very popular when two of the greatest writers in American history, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, featured the cocktail in their work. Hemingway created a specific daiquiri which included DOUBLE the rum, grape fruit juice and maraschino liquor.
The simplicity of the daiquiri was ruined when the The Waring Blender was invented in the 1930s. Shortly after, the frozen daiquiri reared its ugly head into the cocktail landscape and, what was once a wonderfully elegant and balanced cocktail, became an overly-flavored, alcoholic slush of frozen fruit slop.
Knut Sundin's recipe is curious. He calls out Bacardi rum by name and has the drink sweetened with grenadine. Even more curious is that there is another cocktail in the book entitled "Bacardi Cocktail" which is eerily similar to the daiquiri recipe.
More internet sleuthing proves that the naming of these drinks fluctuates over time. Some bartenders call a daiquiri with grenadine a "Bacardi Cocktail". Others, like Knut, have that reversed. For the sake of our discussion, Knut is the purveyor and our guide to this world. He is gospel.
The daiquiri is a simple three ingredient drink - rum, lime juice, grenadine for sweetness. The balancing was pretty straight forward and I quickly completed the final recipe after three minor variations.
You might have to balance your cocktail by taste. Limes vary in their taste, some are more sour than others and so therefore you might need a bit more or less grenadine.
Modern Knut's Daiquiri
1½ oz. Bacardi or Quality White Rum
1 oz. Lime Juice
½ oz. Grenadine
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and properly diluted. Strain into a coupe glass. No garnish.
J.B. is the founder of 200 Drinks. He spends most of his day working as a design leader at a large technology company but finds time in his schedule to enjoy a drink and write about it. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, son and pup.