Summer is about simplicity, and the classic Daiquiri is among the easiest and most satisfying cocktails in the canon. For more than a century, this simple combo of rum, sugar and lime juice has freely lent itself to creative permutations, with fresh fruits, liqueurs and other flavorful ingredients bolstering its basic formula in countless ways. “Rum, sugar and lime is such a foundational combination of ingredients, and so easy for people to imbibe,” says Nick Detrich, co-owner of Manolito in New Orleans, a bar built around the concept of the Daiquiri. “Bartenders test other bartenders on the Daiquiri—it works in a number of different ways, so you can put your own spin on it. Different rums, different raw materials, different ratios.” Here are 12 variations on the classic.
No monkey business about it: This is one delicious daiquiri variation.
Leftover bubbly gets put to good use in this Daiquiri riff.
Cold Front Daiquiri
A simple combo of spiced syrup, lime and aged rum.
Pineapple liqueur lends a tropical vibe to this rhum cocktail.
Coconut water and pineapple gum syrup transform the classic daiquiri.
Make your next Daiquiri the Cuban way.
Grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur set this classic apart.
Latitude 29’s Luau Daiquiri
Orange juice and vanilla syrup are key to taking the edge off that Big Easy heat.
Rum Club Daiquiri
Aged rum, fresh lime, simple syrup and a few other unexpected ingredients.
The classic Daiquiri with aquavit instead of rum.
Pomelo falernum adds extra dimension to this riff.
White Negroni Daiquiri
A delicious mashup of two classics.