The Bottom Line: Delicious facts about daiquiris and other cocktails!
The Full Story:
- The daiquiri became popular in the 1940’s because wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, etc., hard to come by. Because of Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy (which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean), rum was easily obtainable.
- It is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.
Other variations include:
- Floridita – with maraschino liqueur, created by Constantino Ribalaigua Vert at El Floridita.
- Hemingway or Papa Doble – two and a half jiggers of white rum, juice of two limes and half a grapefruit, six drops of maraschino liqueur, without sugar, served frozen.
- Banana – regular with a half a banana.
- Red Irish – a frozen strawberry daiquiri made with spiced rum and a shot of Irish Cream added to the blender. Originated in Portland, Oregon.
- Janis – with Jose Cuervo tequila substituted for rum.
- Strawberry – regular with strawberry added.