Daiquiri – A Classic For #NationalRumDay

by Renee on August 15, 2013

Daiquiri | Magnolia Days

The sizzle of food in a hot skillet. The whistle of a teakettle. A clink of a metal spoon hitting the side of a bowl.  Lapping noises while whisking eggs or batter. Popping of corn. Sound is as much of a part of food and beverages as taste, sight, and smell. The whir of a blender evokes memories of frozen beverages. The one I remember most often from my youth was a daiquiri. Well, it was a strawberry one which is all I knew a daiquiri was until recently. I’ve come to find out that a real one doesn’t involve a blender or strawberries.

A classic daiquiri has three components. The ingredients are rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. They are shaken over ice and served in a chilled martini glass. It is that simple. The choice of rum can change the flavor. One that is too light, like a what I will call a white “regular” rum, may be over-powered by the lime juice. The opposite can happen with a dark rum. For one that is more balanced I choose Diplomático Anejo. It has a beautiful golden color and flavor notes of vanilla and brown sugar. Those flavors accent the lime and give more depth to the sweet side of the drink.

Daiquiri | Magnolia Days

National Rum Day is August 16th. My beverage of choice is the daiquiri. You can find more rum cocktail recipes on the Diplomático website and also learn about their rums. Don’t forget dessert! Bake a rum cake or pina colada bundt cake for celebrating the day.

Do you have a favorite food or beverage sound? Which one first came to your mind? It’s the sound of a mixer for me. Except when I’m in the mood for an adult beverage. Then it is either the pop of a cork or the rattle of a cocktail shaker. Cheers!


5 minutes

Makes 1 serving


  • 1 ounce rum (Diplomático Añjeo recommended)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup

Add ice and all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass.


Recipe provided by Diplomático and used with permission from The Baddish Group.

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Disclosure: I receive two 3-ounce samples of Diplomatico Anejo rum at no charge. I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post.

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Stacy August 15, 2013 at 8:33 am

Like you, I thought all daiquiris were strawberry, Renee. That’s the only kind I knew for years and years. The classic recipe sounds much like a margarita, substituting rum for tequila, so I am sure I would love it too. As usual, your photos are stunning.


Renee August 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

I never thought of it being like a margarita but it sure does. The common ingredient of lime juice certainly makes them similar.


Terry August 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

I’ve always called them Rum ‘Rita’s ~ it is amazing how many restaurants are not familiar with this (especially Mexican Restaurants). I can’t do tequila so I always repeat over and over RUM RUM!!!


Renee August 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

Rum ‘Rita’s – I’ll have to remember that next time I’m at a Mexican restaurant. I prefer rum over tequila anyway.


Priscilla | ShesCookin August 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

For me it’s the sound of ice being vigorously shaken! Beautiful photos, Renee – I want one now :)


Renee August 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks so much Priscilla and cheers to you!


Lori Who Needs A Cape? August 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

This looks delicious and the pics are wonderful!

The ladies at Who Needs A Cape? love a good cocktail! We’re hosting our SUPER SUNDAY Link Party and would love for you to link your SUPER Daiquiri, stop on by the party is live now through Tuesday evening!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Thank you Lori and I’ll have to go and check out your link party.


Jennie @themessybakerblog August 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Renee, this photo is a show stopper. Really, it’s gorgeous. I saw it on my bloglovin’ feed and my jaw dropped. I kind of want to blow it up and hang it in my kitchen, it’s so gorgeous. Not only is the photo purdy, but the recipe sounds delicious.


Anita at Hungry Couple August 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I love both the frozen fruity kinds and the classic daiquiris. Something about rum, lime and sugar is just so lip-smacking good!


Renee August 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

For sure about the rum, lime, and sugar being lip-smacking good. I’ve been making a lot of these lately.


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