A well-made Daiquiri is the simplest of cocktails: rum, lime, sugar. That’s it. Many have referred to it as the omelet of cocktails—a basic cocktail that tests a bartender’s skills. It is refreshing, tart, sweet—it is everything you could want a drink to be. And yet, it could be better. There are, of course, variations like the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri, which are almost entirely different cocktails. But there are also small tweaks or additions that can make a basic Daiquiri sing. Here are six to try.
Add a little rhum agricole
Funky, grassy rhum agricole, if used sparingly, can give some lovely depth to your Daiquiri. You may find Daiquiri versions at the bar that split the rums half and half or even use all rhum agricole, but subbing in even just a quarter ounce will make you sit up and notice.
As long as we’re on the topic of experimenting with the Daiquiri’s traditional sweet and citrus flavors, a dash of bitters makes for an interesting change as well. It’s not a common practice and some Daiquiri purists object, but when we talked to Erbin Garcia of LA’s Caña Rum Bar, he liked the way it dried the drink out and we like the change up too.