Welcome to National Daiquiri Day!

Daiquiri is a great cocktail, but it is also the name of a beach and town on the southeastern tip of Cuba… and an iron mine near Santiago de Cuba. “They” say that the Daiquiri was invented in 1898 by American mining engineer Jennings Stockton Cox who was in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American War. They say he went to the store when he ran out of gin, but he found only rum. To not disappoint his guests, he made a punch. The Daiquiri was born and made its way to Washington in the US a decade later. Sometime in the 1920s or 30s, a bartender in Havana is then credited with perfecting the Frozen Daiquiri by whirring the ingredients with shaved ice in an electric blender.

No need to mess with perfection. Here’s the basic recipe.

2 oz light rum
1 oz (or up to 1 extra tsp) freshly squeezed lime juice
¾ oz sugar syrup
Lime twist
Shake rum, juice, & sugar syrup over ice and pour into a lovely stem glass. Garnish with the lime twist & enjoy!

For a Strawberry Daiquiri, add fresh strawberries & whir it all up in a blender. Yum!

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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