Daiquiris or strawberry daiquiri in particular are served in many different styles, the most commonly known must be the “slushed ice” version.
When I have guests at home, I often serve cocktails. When I ask my guests what they wish to drink, the answer “a daiquiri” is common. That always leads me to the question – a real daiquiri or the wrong slushed ice version ? usually they think the overly sweetened and artificial slushed ice version, that are served in some bars is the right way to make a daiquiri.
But its not – A daiquiri is a wonderful thing, and can come in many different taste variations. When made properly its a match made in heaven, that always leaves my guests amazed of how delicious a “real daiquiri” can be.
Depending on your mood and preferences, you can swap the type of rum to your liking, and exchange the sweetener to what you prefer. My recommendation is to start with a 50-25-15 ml recipe or 60-30-20 (Rum-lime-syrup) and from there experiment with different kind of daiquiris, use a simple syrup for a classic daiquiri, strawberry syrup for a strawberry daiquiri, mango for a mango daiquiri and so on. You can even use the classic recipe and muddle fruit in the shaker instead of using flavoured syrup. The possibilities are endless, especially if you make your own syrups, then you can tweak and fine tune your daiquiris to perfection.
Below I have provided 6 daiquiri recipes, that I hope you will try, or will give you inspiration to make your own delicious daiquiris.
Old fashioned cocktail – on the IBA official cocktails list, under the category “The unforgettables”. It’s a template I enjoy expirimenting with, and is orignally made with whiskey or bourbon. You can use any type of base spirit of choice and sweetener or modifyer, which will give you endless choice, so you get the flavour profile you like and prefer.
For my Old fashioned recipes I prefer to use 60 ml / 6 cl of spirit to 10 – 15 ml / 1 – 1,5 cl of modifyer / sweetener and a few drops of bitters, stirred over ice to perfectly diluted.
In this post I have displayed five different Old fashioned styled serves, to show that there are many ways to make an Old fashioned.
Do you have a favorite Old fashioned recipe I should try ? Tell me in the comments below.
Old fashioned cocktail – RECIPES
50 ml Vintage brandy barrel 4 from bhakta spirits 1 bsp Demerara syrup homemade Dash angostura bitters
Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice cubes made from Icelandic lava rocks Garnish: Maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick and dehydrated orange
Runoi old fashioned
60 ml Runoi rum 10 ml Licor 43 1 bsp Acerola syrup Dash angostura bitters
Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice Garnish: Dehydrated orange and a sprig of mint
Camilla´s Old fashioned
60 ml Bourbon 1 bsp Camilla sunday syrup* 1 bsp Mint syrup homemade Dash angostura bitters
Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice Garnish: Dehydrated orange
Whenever I see a tiki styled or tropical recipe, that doesn’t use rum, it gets my interest. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like tiki or tropical cocktails with rum, I really do, but when I see these types of serves, I would expect rum to be the main spirit in the recipe. Most of these cocktails use rum as their main spirit, so whenever I see a concoction that doesn’t use rum as the base spirit it gets my interest.
This recipe also caught my attention, using a split of pisco and gin as the spirit base. The taste is bright and tropical with earthy and floral flavour notes from the pisco. Citrus, clove and almond from the falernum, with a little touch of spices added from the gin botanicals.
The original recipe uses 6 drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters, if you don’t have Burlesque bitters at hand, other fruit bitters can be used as a substitute.
The cocktail recipe can be found on page 137 in the book “Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki” by Martin Cate & Rebecca Cate. Made for the launch party of Susie Bright’s book – at the Smugglers Cove bar in 2011. The book get’s my recommendations, it has good descriptions, delicious cocktails and very usefull information about the tiki culture in general.
45 ml Pisco 15 ml Gin 15 ml Fresh organic lemon juice 15 ml Passionfruit syrup 15 ml Falernum 6 drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass with ice
I enjoy crafting Tiki cocktails with all kinds of flavour combinations, as they are vibrant, fresh and fruity. Tiki cocktails are often served over crushed ice, which makes them ice cold and refreshing.
I absolutely love to experiment with Tiki garnish. The term “less-is-more” should not be used whilst garnishing a tiki cocktail. Go wild, have fun and enjoy!
You can use all kinds of spirits for your Tiki cocktails, however Rum is obviously the most used base spirit. In this post, I will display some Tiki recipes with different spirits.
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50 ml whiskey 30 ml fresh organic lime juice 20 ml whiskey liqueur 20 ml homemade pink grapefruit syrup Dash abbotts bitters
Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass topped with more crushed ice Garnish: Lime peel, dehydrated grapefruit and cinamon stick
60 ml tequila blanco 30 ml fresh organic lime juice 15 ml falernum 15 ml blue curacao Dash grapefruit bitters
Method: Blend with ice & pour into a chilled glass Garnish: Dehydrated lime & mint
60 ml cognac 30 ml fresh organic lime juice 20 ml orgeat 15 ml falernum Angostura bitters (floated)
Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice Garnish: Lime peel, toasted coconut and dehydrated pitahaya
70 ml rum Bonpland XO 30 ml fresh organic lime juice 20 ml cointreau 15 ml pink grapefruit syrup homemade 10 ml passionfruit syrup Angostura bitters (floated)
Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice Garnish: Dehydrated grapefruit, dehydrated orange & lemon balm