Of all the classic cocktails you’ll find on the average bar menu today, there’s not one more misunderstood or corrupted than the Daiquiri. That neon sugar bomb they serve at TGI Fridays? Yeah, not really a Daiquiri at all—and it’s too bad, because the original version of the drink ranks with the Martinis and Manhattans of the cocktailing world; it’s a classic among classics. And all that’s in it is rum, lime, and sugar. They combine to create a bright, citrusy, and delicious creation that's perfect for warm-weather sipping.
Here’s the real—and real simple—recipe:
- 2 oz white rum
- .75 oz demerara syrup
- .75 oz fresh lime juice
- Add rum, demerara, and lime juice to a shaker tin with ice.
- Shake to combine and chill, and strain into a chilled Coupe glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.
That’s it. Another tasty way to make it is to swap in half a teaspoon of superfine sugar for the demerara syrup. Either way, you get a super-bright, tart-and-sweet delight.