La Florida Daiquiri Numero Uno

La Florida Daiquiri Number 1 - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Daiquiri.  Today the word evokes a bloated frozen drink full of imitation fruit flavors and sickly sweet syrups served up at a chain restaurant by a waitress covered in flair.  There was a time, however, when manly men saddled up to a bar in a tropical locale and order a drink by the same name befitting their testosterone laced selves.

Tops among the romanticized bars of the early part of the 20th century is La Floridita in Havana, Cuba.   A mention brings images of beautiful women, curls of cigar smoke snaking through the humid air, and classic cocktails.  Earnest Hemingway frequented the bar so often he had a special tipple mixed in his honor.

The La Florida Cocktail Book published in 1935 has four daiquiri recipes. Number one is a simple concoction of rum, sugar and lemon juice shaken over cracked ice and poured into a glass. I mixed up a drink per the directions and it was delicious. The combination of three simple ingredients was very refreshing.  I mixed the same drink up substituting lime juice for the lemon juice and simple syrup for the sugar.  Again the resulting cocktail was very good. Either option is a winner, but if you want to adhere to the traditional recipe then I recommend the lemon juice variant.

La Florida Daiquiri Number 1 - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

2 oz rum
1 tsp. sugar
Juice of half a lemon

Place rum, sugar and lemon juice in a shaker over cracked ice. Shake well and strain into a glass.

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