Monday, July 18, 2011

National Daiquri Day - Cool

Just like the Pina Colada, the Daiquri also found fame in Cuba.  The main ingredients were rum, lime juice and sugar.   It was said to have been invented because Mr. Jennings Cox, an American engineer who was entertaining guests in Cuba, had run out of gin, so used rum instead.  While this makes for a good story, and he may receive credit for naming the drink, the recipe is the same as the grog the British Sailors drank in the 1700's.

The daiquri became famous during wartime due to rationing of whiskey, vodka and gin.  Rum however was readily available thanks to President Roosevelt's "Good Neighbor" policy with Cuba.
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.  Then 2 or 3 ounces of rum was added to the glass, and stirred with a long spoon.  This was said to be a favorite drink of Earnest Hemmingway and President Kennedy.

Over time, several variations of this drink have evolved.  Just as with any recipe, there are constant changes to make it better.  My favorite type of daiquri is the frozen strawberry daiquri.  It is pretty and pink, topped with whipped cream and a cherry served in a tall frosted glass, it is more like a dessert than a cocktail. 

Strawberry Daiquri Recipe
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 6 ounces frozen lemonade
  • 6 ounces light rum
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar

Blend well in a mixer then fill with ice and mix well until slushy.  Pour in tall glass and top with whipped cream and a cherry.  Enjoy!
Oh a hot summer day...mmmmm

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