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The classic Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail made with fresh lime juice and simple syrup, no blender required. It’s light, refreshing, and delicious.

Two Daiquiris on a wooden background.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Daiquiri Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for a Daiquiri.

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Ingredient notes

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Mixing a daiquiri in a cocktail shaker.
  1. Cover and shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
Straining a daiquiri into a cocktail glass.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • Glassware: Serve your daiquiri in a cocktail glass such as a martini glass or a coupe glass.
  • Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 16 ounces (2 cups) white rum, 6 ounces (¾ cup) fresh lime juice, and 6 ounces (¾ cup) simple syrup in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, and lime wedges on hand so guests can help themselves.
  • Hemingway Daiquiri: Substitute ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) EACH grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur for the simple syrup.
  • Frozen Daiquiri: To a blender, add 2 ounces (¼ cup) white rum, ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons, ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) simple syrup, and ¾ cup ice. Blend until smooth, add to a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a lime wedge.
  • Strawberry Margarita: Featuring tequila instead of white rum, this frozen blended drink also has fresh strawberries, triple sec, and honey for sweetness.
Two Daiquiris on a wooden background.

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Daiquiri

The classic Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail made with fresh lime juice and simple syrup, no blender required. It's light, refreshing, and delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cuban
Calories 193

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces white rum (¼ cup, see note 1)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice (1 ½ tablespoons)
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1 ½ tablespoons)
  • lime wedge for garnish

Instructions 

  • To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  • Cover and shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

  1. White rum: There is nothing to disguise the rum here (not even ice!) so choose a premium one if you can afford it. The Real McCoy, Bacardi Superior, and Plantation 3 Stars are all excellent in a Daiquiri.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  3. Glassware: Serve your daiquiri in a cocktail glass such as a martini glass or a coupe glass.
  4. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 16 ounces (2 cups) white rum, 6 ounces (¾ cup) fresh lime juice, and 6 ounces (¾ cup) simple syrup in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, and lime wedges on hand so guests can help themselves.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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