The Daiquiri is known around the world for being one of the most versatile cocktails on the menu. Made with rum, citrus juice, and sugar, the daiquiri can be served fresh, or frozen, as well as having many alternative flavourings added as well.
The Daiquiri is said to have been first introduced in the town it’s named after, Daiquiri, located in the south of Cuba. The cocktail is believed to have been invented by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox in 1898.
One of the most famous daiquiri lovers was American author, Ernest Hemmingway, who spent most of the 1930s in Havana. The ‘Hemmingway Daquiri” is made using a mix of rum, maraschino liqueur, lime and grapefruit juices.
Other variations include the use of pineapple, lime, mango, and notably Strawberry. A Daiquiri is served in a martini glass, and is usually available all year round.
The Daiquiri is one of the six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury's classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, which also lists some variations, proving it is still one of the most popular cocktails available on the menu.