July is a month of important holidays, one of them being National Daiquiri Day on July 19th. At VIP Bottles we think it’s crucial to celebrate this quintessential summer holiday; so sit back, relax, and dive into how this sweet and sour boozy treat came to be.
Pale sandy beaches and warm shores, the island of Daiquiri was home to Jennings Cox, one of the first iron miners there. Famed not for his mining, it is said that Cox was the creator of the iconic daiquiri cocktail. The story goes that Cox was entertaining guests and ran out of the gin
he was serving; so he went out and purchased some of the easiest liquor he could find, rum. He added sugar, lemons, ice, and water and served it as a punch. The drink was a hit, and his guests asked what it was called (by the conventions of the day it should’ve been called a rum sour) but Cox took inspiration from the nearby beach and called it ‘Daiquiri’ instead.
Give a twist to the classic Daiquiri with Bacardi’s flavoured rums.
- 25ml Lime juice
- 10ml Sugar syrup
- 50ml Bacardi Raspberry Rum
- Crushed ice
- Lime slices (to garnish)
- Put all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake.
- Strain into a cocktail glass and don’t forget to add the garnish.
What’s an author without a signature drink? Fun fact, Ernest Hemingway’s favourite drink was the daiquiri. That’s quite the title to hold! Master cocktail maker & bartender Constantino Ribalaigua served Hemingway his first daiquiri in the iconic El Floridita bar in Cuba, in the early1930s.
On that fateful Cuban summer’s day, Hemingway told Ribalaigua “less sugar and more rum”, this led to the creation of one of Ribalaigua’s most famed drinks. “Papa Doble” or else known as the Hemingway Daiquiri. ‘Papa’ represented Hemingway’s greying beard and fatherly aura, while the ‘Doble’ meant two for twice the rum (to get twice the punch). try and make you own “Papa Doble” concoction!
- 90ml Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum
- 30ml Grapefruit juice
- 15ml Lime juice
- 5ml Maraschino Liqueur
- Blend all ingredients together for 5-10 seconds.
- Strain into a hurricane glass.
- Sit back relax and enjoy your Papa Doble.
While the daiquiri wasn’t invented by Constantino Ribalaigua, he certainly fine-tuned it. At El Floridita, he served multiple variations of the cocktail which were enjoyed by countless bar-goers. Those signature daiquiris are still enjoyed today at the El Floridita bar, with that same touch of magic that Ribalaigua added to every drink. Ribalaigua can be credited for making the
drinks a little frostier, being the first to add chipped ice – giving it a more slurry texture. The drink continued to evolve following the growing demand of thirsty bar attendees, and to keep up with this demand bartenders started making them in large blenders with ice and fresh crushed fruits; thus birthing the slushy daiquiris we love today.
Whether it’s served straight up or as an icy slushy, daiquiri always knows how to hit the spot. The delicate balance of sweet syrup, tart citrus, and the warm burn of rum makes it a classic showstopper at any party. Nothing says punch drunk recreation the same way that daiquiri does, so celebrate Daiquiri Day this year with your own rendition of this ice-cold treat