Hate Overly Sweet Daiquiris? Try One of These for a Twist.
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Hate Overly Sweet Daiquiris? Try One of These for a Twist.

Did you know that July is national daiquiri month? Not that I really needed an excuse for a cocktail, but frankly, most daiquiris are too sweet and filled with icky syrups and artificial flavors. Not exactly a cause for celebration.

Let’s talk about the history of the daiquiri for a second. It is believed this drink was conceived in the early 1700s by British sailors, and was originally just lime juice, a touch of sugar, and rum – poured over ice. Somehow, when those frozen drink machines became popular, the drink turned into all sugar and ice, with a splash of rum and flavoring. Not cool.

dry daquiris
Dry Brugal Rum has totally changed my mind on the idea of a good daiquiri, and they’ll change your mind too once you sip one of these refreshingly delightful concoctions. I encourage you this weekend to try making (or ordering at your favorite bar) a dry daiquiri. It’s the real deal. Cheers – no blender required!

Daiquiri

Brugal Extra Dry Daiquiri

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Brugal Extra Dry Rum
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • .75 ounces simple syrup

Preparation:

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces Brugal Extra Dry Rum
  • 1 ounce fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
  • .5 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 barspoon Maraschino liqueur

Preparation:

Shake and strain, server in a coupe. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Dominican Daiquiri

Dominican Daiquiri

Created by Jason Mendenhall, The Wayland

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces Brugal Extra Dry Rum
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce basil and mint syrup
  • .25 ounces ginger juice
  • .25 ounces homemade ginger ale

Preparation:

Garnished with basil and lime wheel, served in a coupe glass. Shake all ingredients with ice, fine strain into a coupe glass and garnish with lime wedge.

All photos courtesy of Alice Gao, used with permission.

Hate Overly Sweet Daiquiris? Try One of These for a Twist.

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