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The daddy of all rum-cocktails and the ultimate thirst-quenching sour for those sunny days by the beach or those not so sunny-days when you wish you were by a beach. The Daiquiri is a perfectly balanced mixture of mellow white rum, tart lime juice and sweet sugar syrup, the perfect example of a drink greater than the sum of its parts.

White Rum, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup.

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The Daiquiri may have been made famous by its fruit-flavoured, blended cousins but the original is a classic and highly regarded rum based cocktail.

If you’re planning a mobile bar hire and want to feature a classic Daiquiri on your menu there are some other fantastic rum cocktails that could work alongside it.

The Daiquiri is a sharp, sour style mixture of simple perfection. Three ingredients; rum, lime juice and sugar syrup, work in perfect harmony to create a drink that is sweet, zingy and rich with rum. This drink is traditionally served short in a Martini glass and as a fairly punchy cocktail, you may want to consider serving it alongside some more low ABV rum based alternatives.

Something like a classic Mojito or a Dark and Stormy could be a great choice to serve with the powerful Daiquiri. Both these drinks are served long for a more mellow, sipping cocktail. The Dark and Stormy is finished with ginger beer and includes a zing of lime, with the spiced caribbean flavours of angostura bitters, a deliciously warming cocktail to pair with the fresh and tangy Daiquiri.

For those interested in featuring some more exotically flavoured Daiquiris for their menu there are a number of ways to customise this cocktail, using various fresh fruits and fruit-flavoured liqueurs. The Strawberry Daiquiri is a particularly popular variation on this classic drink, this version adds fresh strawberries and strawberry puree for a sweet, pink, berry flavoured take on the original.

If you’re eager to feature a Daiquiri on your menu and want to know more about what cocktails might be good to serve alongside it, make sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other rum-based, classic and sour style cocktails from our list.


Unlike most classic cocktails the history of the Daiquiri is well recorded.

An American engineer, Jennings Cox, working in a Cuban mine called Daiquiri, in southeast Cuba in the 1890’s, is said to have mixed his ration of rum with lime juice and sugar for some guests. He recorded this all in his own journal, so we can accurately attribute the drink to him. Basil Woon wrote in his 1928 book,

When it’s Cocktail Time in Cuba, “The boys used to have three or four every morning. Most of them worked in the Daiquiri mines, the superintendent of which was a gentleman named Cox – Jennings Cox”.

The Daiquiri was introduced to America when a US Army officer brought the recipe back to the Army and Navy Club in Washington DC.

Myths & Legends

The Daiquiri was thought to have been introduced to America when a US Army officer bought the recipe back to the Army and Navy Club in Washington DC.

References provide us with further information on the beginning of the Daiquiri:

“During the time of the Spanish-American War, in 1898, an American mining engineer by the name of Jennings Cox created the drink to protect his workers from yellow fever. According to Bacardi archivist Juan Bergaz Pessino, both the lime and alcohol were thought to protect against the deadly disease, although there are also rumors that Cox invented the drink when he ran out of gin at a party and began shaking rum cocktails instead.”

Ingredients & Equipment

We recommend a good white rum like Havana Club or Cabby’s, both light but crisp, full flavoured rums.


  • 50ml White Rum
  • 25ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 12.5ml Sugar Syrup
  • Lime Wheel to Garnish



  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Fine Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Martini Glass or Coupette
  • Cubed Ice


  • Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
  • Take your Boston glass or small tin
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the rum and sugar syrup to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lime juice and add it to the shaker
  • Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Remove your glass from the freezer or empty it of ice if necessary
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain the cocktail into your chilled Martini glass or coupette
  • Garnish with a lime wheel, cut so it balances on the edge of the glass
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.