Why make things complicated when they can also be simple?
For some reason, I sometimes have the feeling that those who took the nerdy turn of cocktail making, myself included, believe that complicated is the synonym of good. This is what some wants you to believe because they want to feel like they do something house bartenders can’t achieve. But don’t be fooled, most of the time, the secret of a great recipe is simplicity. E.I. Most of the classic cocktails that been enjoyed all around the world for decades contains no more than 3 to 4 ingredients.
Daiquiri is such a good example of how things can turn bad when you try to complicate things but so good when you keep it simple. There is plenty riff on the classic out there, some embarrassing sugar loaded crap ones and some delicious light bulb innovations. But to be honest, even if sometimes I shamelessly enjoy a frozen strawberry Daiquiri or a coconut oil fat washed cocktail, my favourite version of the classic is a hand-shaken lime Daiquiri.
This is how I drink it:
- 2 oz Light rum
- 1 oz Fresh lime juice
- ¾ oz Simple syrup
- Shake all ingredients over ice.
- Fine strain in a chilled cocktail coupe (Sometimes, especially when it’s very hot outside, I like to simply strain it without the fine mesh strainer to get the ice shards).
- Garnish with a lime wheel.
A good cocktail always starts with a good recipe, but it also takes the proper bar tools. These are some I like that would help build the perfect Daiquiri.