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Classic Bacardi Daiquiri Recipe | Cuba’s Most Classic Cocktail

Leave any preconceptions about the Daiquiri behind when you follow our easy Bacardi Daiquiri recipe. This classic cocktail is a sophisticated summer sipper made with just three ingredients that you probably already have at home.

Bacardi Daiquiri on Ledge with Lime

Not to be confused with fruity frozen drinks served at beach resorts and party bars around the world, a proper Daiquiri is a classic cocktail suitable for sipping at a swanky lounge or intimate speakeasy. And, with just three ingredients, it’s also one of the easiest drinks for amateur mixologists to craft at home.

Our history of the Daiquiri involves drinking the colorful concoctions in flavors like mango and purple voodoo in New Orleans. However, the cocktail’s real history traces back to Cuba and involves one of the world’s greatest literary giants.

Fun Fact
The Daiquiri is one of Cuba’s three signature cocktails along with the Mojito and Cuba Libre. All three of these Cuban cocktails feature white rum.

History of the Daiquiri

Daiquiri on Street in Lisbon
Although the Daiquiri was invented in Cuba, the classic cocktail is now available around the world. We crafted and drank this one in Lisbon.

Although the Daiquiri originated in Cuba, cocktail lore attributes the rum sour’s creation to Jennings Cox, an American mining executive working near Daiquiri, Cuba at the turn of the 20th century. The exact details of the drink’s origin are as cloudy as a blended cocktail but the recipe has stood the test of time.

Over the years, countless drinkers have succumbed to the charms of the simple Daiquiri both within Cuba and beyond the Caribbean country’s shores. Ernest Hemingway, no stranger to a good drink, imbibed so many double Bacardi Daiquiris at El Floridita in Havana that the prolific writer acquired the nickname Papa Dobles and inspired a variant known as the “Hemingway Daiquiri.”

Bacardi Daiquiri with Shadow
Shadow or no shadow, it’s always a good time to drink a Bacardi Daiquiri.

After making the short journey from Cuba to the United States, the Daiquiri’s popularity spread across America. The drink’s sweeter, slushier frozen counterpart may have overshadowed the original but true cocktail connoisseurs prefer the gentile charm of the original concoction.

Fun Fact
The brightest teetotallers know how to craft a Daiquiri at home.

Daiquiri Ingredients

Bacardi Daiquiri Mis en Place
A Bacardi Daiquiri is easy to create with just three ingredients and basic barware.

Legend has it that Cox used white Bacardi rum, granulated sugar and fresh lime juice to craft his original Daiquiri recipe. We use the same ingredients, purposefully choosing sugar over simple syrup. Besides ice, these are the only three ingredients you’ll need.

Pro Tip
Noted Daiquiri mixologist Jeff Berry and the Bacardi company also use granulated sugar in their recipes. Either granulated sugar or simple syrup will work when crafting a classic Daiquiri.

Bacardi Rum Bottle
A Bacardi Daiquiri features Bacardi white rum as a key ingredient. The Daiquiri’s other two ingredients are fresh lime juice and granulated sugar.

If you don’t have access to Bacardi, you can use another white rum like Appleton Estate or Havana Club. We bought a bottle of Bacardi Carta Blanca superior white rum for €15 at our local Lisbon liquor store. This rum’s ABV is 37.5%.

Pro Tip
You can buy Daiquiri mix from Amazon or at your local store. Don’t do it! Instead, follow our easy Bacardi Daiquiri recipe and craft a quality cocktail without preservatives in just five minutes.

How To Make a Bacardi Daiquiri at Home

Pouring Bacardi Rum into Daiquiri
Pouring rum is as complicated as it gets when it comes to crafting a Bacardi Daiquiri at home.

Making a Bacardi Daiquiri is as simple of squeezing, mixing, shaking and pouring. These are the only steps in our recipe. In other words, you’ll be drinking your crafted cocktail in just five minutes.

Beyond the three necessary ingredients, our recipe requires a few bar tools – a jigger, cocktail shaker, strainer and spoon. You probably have these at home if you’re a cocktail drinker. Otherwise, they’re not expensive.

Bacardi Daiquiri with Lime Wheel
A coupe glass is the ideal Daiquiri vessel.

Pro Tip
Skip basic barware and drink your Daiquiri out of a coupe glass or martini glass. It’s a classy move.

Daiquiri Variations

Double Daiquiri
The classic Bacardi Daiquiri recipe is simple to follow. We doubled the recipe to fill our coupe glass to the rim.

Although the Bacardi Daiquiri is one of the most refreshing cocktails to drink during the warm summer months, you may want to modify the formula to adjust the sweetness and tartness levels. Experimenting with the amounts of sugar and lime juice will allow you to find your sweet (or tart) spot.

Another option is to doctor the recipe by adding fruits like strawberries, peaches, melon or even avocado. Better yet, add maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice to create a Hemingway Special, the version inspired by Papa Dobles.

Classic Daiquiri Next to a Red Light
If you don’t have strawberries for your Daiquiri, take a photo next to a red stoplight and pretend.

Or, if you’re in the mood for a ‘girly drink’, ramp up your cocktail in a blender with strawberries and ice. Boom! You just made a frozen strawberry Daiquiri.

Try our classic Bacardi Daiquiri recipe first. Who knows? Maybe it will hit your cocktail sweet spot.

Bacardi Daiquiri on Ledge

Classic Bacardi Daiquiri

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This classic rum sour cocktail just takes five minutes to prepare. You'll want to sip it all summer long.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Bacardi white rum (2 small jiggers)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice (approx. 1/2 medium lime) + lime wheel for garnish
  • ice cubes

Instructions

    1. Combine sugar and lime juice in a shaker. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Add rum and ice cubes.
    2. Shake vigorously until liquids are chilled and mixed.
    3. Strain into a coupe glass.
    4. Add a lime wheel as garnish.

Notes

  • You can replace the sugar with 3/4 oz. simple syrup.
  • Slice the lime wheel before you squeeze out the lime juice.
  • We like to use a coupe glass but a martini glass will also work well.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

Nutrition Disclosure: We used an online calculator to calculate this information. Though 2foodtrippers.com has attempted to secure accurate data, these nutritional figures are estimates.

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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