How to Make the Perfect Daiquiri |  Recipe

How to Make the Perfect Daiquiri – a cocktail you definitely need to try again. Made properly, a daiquiri is pure heaven in its simplicity. The simple balance of rum, sugar, and lime.  This is a cocktail everyone should know how to make. 

Forget what you think you know about a daiquiri – this is not your mass produced Ft. Lauderdale Spring Break frozen daiquiri. This is a cocktail perfect in its simplicity—just 3 ingredients, shaken until perfectly blended and ice cold, served straight up – no ice.

The History of the Daiquiri

The daiquiri is named after the mining town of Daiquiri on the southeastern tip of Cuba.

Apparently, around the time of the Spanish-American War, an American engineer, Jennings Cox, created the drink to protect his workers from yellow fever. It was thought that lime and alcohol would prevent deadly diseases.

How To Make The Perfect Daiquiri – Balance is the Key

To make the perfect Daiquiri you need a high-quality light rum, and equal parts freshly squeezed lime and simple syrup made with demerara sugar.  

Once you have the basic recipe you can create any number of flavor variations. 

So grab the rum and make a daiquiri.  It’s like sipping summer.

How to Make the Perfect Classic Daiquiri

Course: Beverages, Cocktail, cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Cuban, Tropical
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio
How to Make the Perfect Classic Lime Daiquiri - a cocktail to try again. Made properly, a daiquiri is pure heaven. The simple balance of rum, sugar, and lime.


  • 3/4 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Demerara sugar syrup
  • 2 oz Light rum
  • Lime twist


  1. Chill your glass by filling it with ice while you make the daiquiri.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, and shake until extremely cold, with ice forming on the top.

  3. Strain into a chilled glass - traditionally a cocktail or champagne coupe - a glass with a wide shallow bowl, but a martini glass will work.

  4. Garnish with a lime twist.

Recipe Notes


Use Best-quality Rum

Use a high-quality rum, that isn't too sweet, right now I'm loving Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 Year or Banks 5 Island Rum


Squeeze you lime by hand with a hand squeezer or your hands


To Make Demerara Simple Syrup

Combine 1 cup Demerara sugar and 1 cup filtered water in a jar and shake until sugar has dissolved.




Nutrition Facts
How to Make the Perfect Classic Daiquiri
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 13mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 15g17%
Vitamin C 6.2mg8%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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