Have you ever really had a true daiquiri? The Original Rum Daiquiri is a refreshing simple drink and we have the recipe here!
Gr8 Friends! Have you ever had a moment when you realize that something that you've always thought of as one way only was originally something much more simple and pure? When we were in Puerto Rico visiting the Bacardi factory we learned the original recipe for a Rum Daiquiri is nothing like the frozen drink that most bars make! The Original Rum Daiquiri is more like a mojito type of drink.
With only 3 ingredients (that's right, 3!) the classic Rum Daiquiri is an ice cold concoction where the sweetness of the rum is perfectly counter-balanced with the tartness of fresh lime juice. You may even have everything you need to make this today: white rum, lime juice and sugar! It's the perfect simple summer sip!
Some recipes use simple syrup, at the Bacardi factory we used ultrafine white sugar**. You can do either, I've noted the measurements for each. Sometimes we just want to make a cocktail and maybe we don't have any simple syrup! (though it is super "simple" to make! See recipe below.)
How to make a frozen Original Rum Daiquiri
If it's hot out and you want to make this a frozen slushy drink, just put about 2 cups of ice in your blender or Nutri-Bullet, add the mixed drink and blend; so cool and refreshing! (This is also a Gr8 idea because it dilutes the alcohol quite a bit.)
For some fun variations to the Original Rum Daiquiri, check out the Bacardi site. They feature 4 versions.
**Why use extra-fine sugar?
The reason for using extra-fine granulated sugar is that it will dissolve more quickly than regular granulated sugar. If you only have regular sugar, you can use it, but may have to stir it for longer to get it to dissolve.
Or, for a simple hack, you can put the regular sugar in a mini food processor and pulse it a few times to make it finer!
The Original Rum Daiquiri
- 4 teaspoons extra-fine sugar, or ½ ounce simple syrup
- 1 ½ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 ounces BACARDÍ SUPERIOR Rum, or any white rum
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- First chill the cocktail glasses by putting some ice and a little water into each glass. Set aside while you prepare the beverage.
- Put the lime juice and sugar (or simple syrup) into a cocktail shaker (without ice to start) and stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Next, fill the shaker with ice, then add the rum. With the lid on the cocktail shaker, shake, shake, shake until the drink is chilled.
- Take the glasses and pour out the ice and water, then strain the Daiquiri into the chilled glasses. If you prefer, this can also be served over ice in a highball glass.
- Garnish with a slice of lime.
- Put the sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Stir while heating.
- The syrup is done when all the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is fairly clear.
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Bacardi garnishes their Daiquiri with a mint leaf if you prefer.
- The reason for using extra-fine granulated sugar is that it will dissolve more quickly than regular granulated sugar. If you only have regular sugar, you can use it, but may have to stir it for longer to get it to dissolve. Or, for a simple hack, you can put the regular sugar in a mini food processor and pulse it a few times to make it finer!
Gr8 Do Ahead Tip:The Simple Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to 2 weeks.