Bacardi’s Classic Cocktail Spotlight – The Daiquiri
Hailed by cocktail connoisseurs as one of the best showcases for rum, the daiquiri has been tantalizing taste buds ever since its creation in Cuba more than 100 years ago. According to legend, the daiquiri was invented around 1905 by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer, who hit upon the combination of rum, lime juice, and sugar as an alternative drink to offer his guests after running out of gin while hosting a party. The cocktail took its name from the town where Cox was working: Daiquiri, located near the city of Santiago de Cuba (the birthplace of Bacardi rum) on the island’s southeast coast.
In 1909, after several years as a uniquely Cuban specialty, the daiquiri was brought to America by Admiral Lucius Johnson, a medical officer in the United States Navy who discovered the drink and introduced the recipe to the Army & Navy Club in Washington, D.C. From there, the daiquiri spread quickly across the country and gained popularity, helped along by the increased availability of Cuban rum thanks to more open trade relationships between the United States and Latin America during the 1940s. Over the years, several famous Americans adopted the daiquiri as a personal favorite.
While a huge number of variations on the daiquiri exist today, including highly popular frozen daiquiris, connoisseurs often agree that the best way to enjoy a daiquiri is in its pure, original form. Simply adding sugar and fresh lime juice to rum creates a sharp, short drink which best allows the flavor of the rum to shine through.