Classic cocktails seem to be one of the latest trends, and the hand-shaken daiquiri has been enjoyed since the Pre-Prohibition Era, according to Bacardi Rum. Because July 19 is National Daiquiri Day, there is no better time to lose the blender and enjoy the Hand-Shaken Daiquiri — a modern day classic.
First created using Bacardi Rum, the cocktail was invented in the small town of Daiquiri, Cuba, in 1898. A mining engineer by the name of Jennings Stockton Cox received a monthly gallon of Bacardi Rum and invented the cocktail (see the original recipe below). After experimenting with local ingredients, he combined fresh squeezed lime juice, sugar, crushed ice and Bacardi Carta Blanca (now known as Bacardi Superior) to create what he named the Daiquiri.
The Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri spread throughout the area, becoming one of the most sought-after cocktails around. It became especially popular at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail lounge, La Floridita, when American thrill-seekers streamed to Cuba during Prohibition. In fact, Hemingway said of his drink preferences, “My Mojitos at La Boquedita and my Daiquiris at El Floridita.”
On July 19, enjoy the Original Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri, a legendary cocktail with a history as rich and unique as its taste.
Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri
Courtesy of Bacardi.
3 parts Bacardi Superior Rum
1 part lime or lemon juice
½ part sugar
In a shaker with ice, combine ingredients. Shake and pour into glass.