Friday Night Cocktail

The Floridita Daiquiri*

I’ve never really been that keen on light rum. I did make a watermelon mojito last year and that was pretty cool but the bottle of rum in my cupboard isn’t the first thing I think of when I’m thinking about cocktails. However, a change is as good as a rest and this was in the book and I had all the ingredients so worth a shot.

A daiquiri is (according to Wiki) a series of drinks made with rum, lime juice and sugar. (and very similar the the grog served by the Royal Navy to it’s sailors, a practice which continued until 1970!) There are serveral versions but this one made in the El Floridita bar in Havana (Ernest Hemmingway was a fan) is apparently the most famous.

Anyway, it’s sweeter and fruitier than it looks. It’s nicely balanced and a drink for a sunny day, not something I’d serve to the Parent but I’d try this out on Ryan and a couple of other people..


2oz light rum

.75oz fresh lime juice

.5oz simple syrup**

.25 maraschino liqueur


Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

*all of March’s Friday Night Cocktails come from The Cocktailian Chronicles by Gaz Regan, you should go and buy this book, it’s great.

**this couldn’t be easier to make, equal amounts sugar and water, heat to dissolve the sugar, let it cool, use. Alternately, mix sugar and water, leave for an hour or so, the sugar will dissolve by itself!!

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