Originating in Cuba at the very end of the 19th Century, this cocktail has developed over the years, but the core ingredients have remained the same.
Its making has evolved so it is now made in a cocktail shaker with shaved ice, sugar, citrus juice and white rum rather than being made in a glass over crushed ice.
Although a cocktail, its make up is very similar to grog, which is provided by the Royal Navy in the 1700s to its sailors as their grog ration. Essentially a mixture of water, rum, sugar and lime or lemon juice.
Wartime rationing made getting hold of other spirits difficult in the USA, so due to the Good Neighbour policy rum was available from the USA’s close neighbours in the Caribbean
The daiquiri was said aid to be a favourite of Ernest Hemingway and John F Kennedy.
Additions have been made, such as maraschino liqueur to make the Floridita, or simply bananas or strawberries. Who will forget DelBoy Trotter and his banana daiquiri down at the Nag’s Head amongst the other cocktails he tried over the years.
Variations have been created since its early days and frozen fruit mixers are readily available.