Daiquiri: The Most-Ordered Vacation Libation Y ou can’t help but think of a relaxing vacation on white sand beaches with waves of aquam...

Daiquiri: The Most-Ordered Vacation Libation

You can’t help but think of a relaxing vacation on white sand beaches with waves of
aquamarine crashing onto the shore when you hear the word “daiquiri.” It is the
ultimate vacation beverage, one that has been making waves for quite some time now.
Because of its refreshing qualities, not to mention the relatively high alcohol content and
the variety of flavors it comes in, daiquiris are one of the most popular drinks ordered at
beach bars around the world.

However, it might surprise you to learn that the original daiquiri is very different from
your favorite strawberry daiquiri, or other flavor variations. Ask a bartender for an
original daiquiri and you’ll be getting something very different. The daiquiri as it is
originally known was created by filling a tall glass with cracked ice. A teaspoon of sugar
and the juice of two limes were added next. Then, a generous pouring of white rum (3
ounces worth) completed the cocktail.

The daiquiri was actually named for a beach and iron mine that was close to Santiago de
Cuba. That’s the part of its history that no one argues about. No one argues about the
original ingredients either. However, some people say the daiquiri was first created by
Jennings Cox who was an American mining engineer living in Cuba around the time of
the Spanish-American War, which took place in 1898. Others say that US congressman
William A. Chanler was the one to start our love affair with daiquiris by introducing it to
clubs in New York in 1902.

What we can take away from these tales is this: it’s a drink with Spanish influences
that’s been around for a good century. And because it’s so beloved, it will be ordered
until the end of time. While you can always get a daiquiri made the original way (which
we absolutely recommend), you’ll find it in plenty of other flavors that meld in more
fruitiness, thus giving it even more of a tropical flair.

Daiquiris come in all sorts of flavors now with bartenders and restaurants alike trying to
distinguish themselves by concocting all kinds of new varieties. You can get them on ice,
or go for the frozen variety which is especially popular on hot days in the sun.
Strawberry happens to be the most common of the flavored varieties of daiquiris,
though you’ve probably seen or even tasted them in flavors like banana, strawberry
banana, mango, pineapple mango, coconut, strawberry mango, strawberry lime, and
dozens more.

You don’t need to be on vacation to order a daiquiri, though it surely helps! If you’ve had
a long day at the office, ordering a daiquiri at your local Happy Hour is bound to lift
your spirits and at least give you a brief mental vacation until you can truly make a
tropical escape.

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