Each year on July 19, people across the United States fill their glasses with a rum-based cocktail and celebrate National Daiquiri Day. So today, raise your glass and join all of the others in this celebration!
Daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus juice (typically lime) and sugar.
American mining engineer, Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American War, is supposedly the inventor of the Daiquiri. The original drink was served in a tall glass which was packed with cracked ice. One teaspoon of sugar was sprinkled over the ice and then the juice of one or two fresh limes was squeezed over the sugar, followed by two to three ounces of white rum. It was at a later date that the Daiquiri evolved to be shaken in a shaker using the same ingredients substituting shaved ice.
There is a beach near Santiago, Cuba and an iron mine also in that area that are named Daiquiri. The drink is believed to be named after them.
In 1909, Admiral Lucius W. Johnson, a U.S. Navy medical officer, tried Cox’s drink and subsequently introduced it to the Army and Navy Club in Washinton, D.C.. The popularity of the Daiquiri then increased over the next few decades.
The Daiquiri was one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy.
This drink is sometimes served frozen: combined and poured from a blender eliminating the need for manual pulverization. Drinks such as the frozen Daiquiri are often commercially made in machines which produce a texture similar to a smoothie and come in a wide variety of flavors. Yet another way to create a frozen Daiquiri is by using frozen limeade, which provides the required texture, sweetness and sourness all at one time.
Enjoy National Daiquiri Day gathered together with your friends and a glass of regular or frozen Daiquiri!