Tiki drinks don't get much more classic (or easy to make) than a daiquiri. The tart lime juice mixed with sweet rum will put you right into a Key West state of mind. We know that Ernest Hemingway was a big fan of these drinks, inspiring small modifications at his favorite places and even getting some new versions of this classic named for him. We made a little modification for ourselves, and we think that if Hemingway had gone black, he might not have gone back.
You may hear daiquiri and think of a bright red strawberry frozen drink served in a neon plastic vessel somewhere near a beach. That really could not be further from what a true daiquiri is. Typically a daiquiri is made with white rum, lime juice, and sugar, shaken up and served over crushed ice. It has a very light, refreshing flavor that is dominated by lime juice. While our version has the same components, we have highlighted the many flavors of sugar instead. That doesn't mean we're trying to sell you a sweet drink, just a cocktail with a richer depth of flavor that can be enjoyed year round.
Instead of white rum, we've used black, which retains much more of the molasses flavor that gets removed from the white stuff. And instead of white sugar, we made our daiquiri with a demerara simple syrup, made with demerara sugar, which is a less refined type of sugar with much more flavor than it's white cousin. Without making the drink any sweeter than it traditionally would be, these ingredients add a comforting warmth to this beach classic.