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Daiquiri.jpgIs there any drink that conjures up images of relaxing on a beach in the tropics more than a daiquiri? And with good reason! The now-classic cocktail was reportedly first created in Daiquiri, a beach near Santiago, Cuba by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox around 1905. While entertaining guests, Cox reportedly ran out of gin and used rum instead, mixed with lime juice and sugar — two ingredients that are abundant in Cuba.

Originally, the drink was served with cracked ice in a tall glass. A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar, followed by two or three ounces of rum. The glass was then frosted by stirring with a long-handled spoon. Eventually, the Daiquirí evolved to be mixed in a shaker using the same ingredients but with shaved ice.

A favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway and John F. Kennedy, the daiquiri has evolved over the years, spawning variations including the frozen daiquiri and Hemingway daiquiri which includes grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur into the usual run and lime mix.

I suppose we can thank Cox’s shortage of gin over 100 years ago for the invention of the iconic summery cocktail: the hand-shaken daiquiri. This summer, it’s time to rediscover the daiquiri, and as always, drink responsibly.


This summer, rediscover the daiquiri. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is the perfect addition to any summer get-together — fun, delicious, and ready to pour. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, tangy lime and sugar. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that is not too sour and not too sweet.

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