If you've been following our recipes, you know how we feel about rum and daiquiris - they're so misunderstood. Thanks to cruise ships and shitty chain restaurants, many people think daiquiris are sweet, blended drinks with strawberry, mango or bananas in them. Not. The. Case.
Many think the original Daiquirí was named for a beach near Santiago, Cuba. Although the true origins are disputed, some say that it was an American mining engineer Jennings Cox that created it while he was in Cuba during the time of the Spanish-American War. Originally the drink was served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of white rum completed the mixture. Over the years it evolved into cocktail that would be quickly blended or shaken vigorously with shaved ice and poured into a cocktail glass.
Regardless of the history, a classic Daiquiri is made with just a few simple ingredients: White Rum (preferably Cuban), lime juice and sugar. We're kinda nuts about the Ron Matusalem rums these days. In the 1930s-1950s, Cuba was celebrating a Golden Age of cocktails as tourists flocked to the beaches and guzzled rum by the glassful. Ron Matusalem was the top-selling rum back then, but eventually the family-owned company fled Cuba during the rise of the Castro regime. They now make their rum in the Dominican Republic where the environment – weather pattern, sugar cane, soil and water - is most similar to Cuba. Still, the same recipe and strict standards that were developed by the company’s founders remain the same. If you want to try it, come check out Tikitober on October 3rd, where you can see for yourself why we're so obsessed.
To add a little spice to this cocktail, we added just a touch of Pimento Dram, an allspice liqueur that frequently shows up in classic Tiki Drinks. We think the spice pairs perfectly with the other elements and urge you try this one soon!
3 oz Ron Matusalem Platino Rum
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.25 oz pimento dram
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass. Serve and enjoy.