Today is National Daiquiri Day!

If you live anywhere in the Midwest right now, you’ll be elated to know that today is National Daiquiri Day! It’s been hot out here- approaching the 100 degree mark with nearly 100% humidity is torcherous! So what’s one to do? We’ve got the solution to that- Blend up an ice cold daiquiri and relax! I am a huge Ernest Hemingway fan and even though the drink is commonly associated with this great author it is interesting to learn that daiquiris made there way into the mainstream drinking world in 1898 in the small iron mining town of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba by an engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox. He came up with the drink, a simple blend of lime juice, sugar and local Bacardi rum (est. 1862) over cracked ice as a way to boost the morale of mine workers during the sizzling summer months. It was such a success Cox not only received a generous stipend from the mining company but also a monthly gallon of Bacardi.

Today, Daiquiris come in a variety of mouth watering fruit flavors- strawberry (the most common), mango, peach, raspberry, and banana just to name of few. Today, in honor of the Daiquiri and my favorite author Ernest Hemigway, it’s only appropriate to present to you the Hemingway Daiquiri:

Hemingway Daiquiri

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • .75 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Maraschino
  • 1 tsp Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 tsp Sugar

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Serve frappe. 

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