How to Make a Black Daiquiri

The Black Daiquiri cocktail is a great Tiki twist on a classic, loved by bartenders and also delightfully easy to make at home.  

There are endless variations on the basic Daiquiri recipe: strawberry, raspberry, banana, grapefruit – the list goes on and on. Unlike many of these super sweet, super fruity options, the Black Daiquiri takes a more stripped back approach. By subtly adjusting some traditional ingredients, this rum cocktail emerges with a superbly dark and intriguing palate.  

The first alteration involves swapping out a white rum base for an Aged Dark Rum. Bearing a significant degree more depth and complexity than clear spirits, a Dark Rum Daiquiri offers an incredibly satisfying palate that is enriched with sweetness and spice. Bottles like Havana Club Anejo 7 Year Old Rum, Bacardi Reserva Ocho, and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum are perfect options for creating your blend.  

Next, you’ll want to use a Demerara sugar syrup. Simple syrups are typically made from granulated sugar and offer a very neutral sweetness, whereas a Demerara mix will imbue your drink with a luxuriously rich edge of caramel and toffee. This nutty sweetness makes the ideal pairing for smoky dark rum and a refreshing edge of lime citrus, coming together to create a simple but exquisite Black Daiquiri. 

Demerara Sugar Syrup Recipe 


  • 100g Demerara Sugar 
  • 100g Water 


  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan 
  2. Simmer at medium heat, stirring regularly until the sugar is completely dissolved
  3. Leave the syrup to cool before storing in a sealable container  


Black Daiquiri Recipe 


  •  50ml Aged Dark Rum 
  • 25ml Demerara Sugar Syrup  
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • Ice 
  • Lime Wedge, to garnish 


  1.  Add the rum, sugar, syrup, lime juice, and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly 
  2. Strain into a chilled Coupe glass and garnish with a thick wedge of lime 


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