Credited to Jennings Stockton Cox, an American engineer who led the initial expidition into Cuba's iron ore mines. While looking for iron ore, Cox spent most of his time on the south east shore of Cuba, in a small town called Daiquiri.
Rumour has it, he whipped up the concoction while meeting with another engineer, who was also looking to strip Cuba of all its natural resources.
Eventually the drink became so popular, that a group of miners used to frequent a local bar in Daiquiri to consume 3 or 4, before disappearing down the mine.
The Daiquiri deserves far more popularity than it receives, the trouble with high volume bars, is that they use rubbish rum, or the incorrect proportions. A traditional Daiquiri should be made using a light white rum, as the flavour should be subtle. Now, the original proportions. Often too sweet, the Daiquiri should be made in an 8:2:1 manner, 8 parts rum, 2 parts lime, 1 part sugar syrup.
This leaves us with a recipe.
Bacardi Carta Blanca
12.5ml Fresh Lime Juice (2:1)
6.5ml Sugar Syrup
15ml of quality mineral water
Combine all ingredients into your Boston glass
Add fresh, cubed ice to the top
Fix your tin in place, and shake vigorously
Double strain into a chilled martini / coupette glass.
- Drink, replicate 3 more times & go to work