La Floridita Daiquiri
* 1 1/2 ounces rum
* 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
* 1/4 ounce simple syrup
* 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
* Splash of fresh grapefruit juice
* Lime wedge for garnish
Combine liquid ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until cold, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
This is a “Hemingway-style” daiquiri, named after the ones Ernest Hemingway used to drink at La Floridita, Havana. For a more traditional daiquiri, omit the grapefruit and maraschino liqueur. Blend it with fruit at your own risk.
Speaking of blending, anyone who enjoys the blended fruit slushy-type things commonly served as daiquiris really owes it to themselves to try a traditional daiquiri just once. Daiquiris get a bad rap from people who only know the frozen variety but they’re really a very good drink when made properly. This version in particular is excellent.
I really should have made these with the Havana Club rum I had recently but, alas, there’s none left and Cuban rum is a bit hard to come by in the US.