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Every Daiquiri You Need To Try This Summer

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When the weather is as hot as the Hot Toddies you were drinking all winter long, it’s time to put away the honey and break out the rum for some Daiquiris. The Daiquiri and all its variations are the perfect way to assuage the heatwave onslaught of the summer months. Tart, slightly sweet, boozy and refreshingly delicious, these 13 classic Daiquiris ensure maximum summer enjoyment.

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The Daiquiri in its classic form, this concoction is the undisputed, forever-reigning champ over all other Daiquiris. As they say, the simplest is always best, and this is no exception—rum, fresh lime juice, sugar or simple syrup, shaken and served up. The original drink is frothy, tart, refreshing perfection in a glass.

The Essentials

White Rum
Demerara Syrup
Lime Juice
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Also known as the Papa Doble, this riff on the classic Daiquiri was created by Cuban bartender Antonio Meilan at the La Floridita with the help of legendary writer and boozer, Ernest Hemingway. Made with both fresh lime and grapefruit juices, this Daiquiri ups the sweetness and booze quotient with the addition of Maraschino liqueur.

The Essentials

White Rum
Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh Grapefruit Juice
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Inspired by the Hemingway Daiquiri, this variation on the classic uses a dark, aged rum as the base and is served blended. With a deep molasses-y depth and a vivacious sour backbone, you couldn’t ask for a better poolside libation.

The Essentials

dark rum
lime juice
Simple Syrup
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Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those Strawberry Daiquiris that you find at resorts with tons of sugar, artificial mixes and fake fruit flavorings; this recipe is the real deal. Inspired by Mabel Stegner’s recipe in his 1952 tome, Electric Blender Recipes, this Strawberry Daiquiri is as pure as it is delicious.

The Essentials

Strawberries
White Rum
lime juice
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Make like a banana and split from the norm with this banana-riffic variation on the classic Daiquiri. Blended with both light and dark rum, ripe bananas and fresh lime, it’s a cooling cure in the sweltering summer.  

The Essentials

white rum
dark rum
ripe banana
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The secret to this warm weather sipper is an aloe vera syrup spiked with pandan leaf. Aromatic with a flavor akin to cereal milk, pandan is a tropical plant commonly used in Southeast Asian cooking. The leaf combines with a rich strawberry liqueur for a Daiquiri that is reminiscent of whipped cream and strawberry Jell-O.

The Essentials

white rum
liqueur
honey syrup
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This variation on the Strawberry Daiquiri opts for a muddler instead of the blender. Shaken with muddled fresh strawberries, this faux-frozen treat is served over crushed ice to mimic the texture of the classic.

The Essentials

Strawberries
Triple Sec
white rum
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This herbal Daiquiri variation from Hele Pele’s Sierra Kirk uses gin instead of rum, and a rich, almondy orgeat in place of traditional simple syrup. If you’re not a rum fan, this may be your new go-to summer refresher.

The Essentials

Lemon Juice
Orgeat
Gin
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Instead of using ice for her take on blender Daiquiris, Floridian bartender Morgan Zach opts for frozen strawberries. Made with vibrantly funky rhum agricole and a unique coconut liqueur from Rhum Clement, this beach-time sipper is like drinkable sunscreen (in the best way).

The Essentials

spiced rum
lime juice
Frozen Strawberries
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This tiki-tastic Daiquiri variation hails from the Trader Vic’s Bartender's Guide, and is a heady, saccharine mix of Maraschino liqueur, Cointreau liqueur, lime and simple syrup. Bracingly acidic and sweet, this blended favorite goes down easy when the temperatures rise.

The Essentials

White Rum
Cointreau
Maraschino
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Most people don’t realize it, but the Gimlet is essentially a Daiquiri with the ratio of rum swapped out for herbal, London Dry gin. Based on the colonial ur-cocktails drunk by British sailors in the tropics, this refreshingly tart cocktail is the perfect way to cool down in balmy weather—or for if you’re stranded at sea.

The Essentials

Gin
Simple Syrup
Lime Juice
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Somewhere between a Daiquiri, a Gimlet and a Mojito, the Southside cocktail is a minty-fresh summer treat. Instead of muddling the mint, simply slap it against your palms to release the oils, and shake with the other ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. This will give the drink an ultra clean, intoxicatingly fragrant taste and smell.

The Essentials

mint
gin
lime juice
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Created by Brooklyn bartender Katie Stipe, the Siesta is a bitter, South-of-the-border inspired take on the traditional Hemingway Daiquiri. With tequila at the base, bracingly bitter and sweet Campari aperitivo, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, the Siesta is so deliciously calming that it’s downright nap-inducing.

The Essentials

Silver Tequila
Grapefruit Juice
Campari
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From the Vendome Club on the Sunset Strip, this 1930s libation is the Daiquiri for bourbon lovers. Made with Kentucky’s liquid gold, a honey syrup and fresh grapefruit juice in place of lime, the Brown Derby is pure class. This is the kind of drink that you want to drink on days so muggy and hot that you can fry an egg on the pavement.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Grapefruit Juice
Honey Syrup

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