With the heat wave that’s hitting most of the U.S. and the fact that it’s also Friday, it seems like no time could be more perfect than today to celebrate National Daiquiri Day. An engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox created the daiquiri in 1898 in Cuba; he wanted to come up with a drink to boost the morale of mine workers during the summer. Where did the drink get its name? It was first made in a small town named Daiquiri. Creative, huh?
The classic daiquiri is a simple mix of rum, lime and sugar served over ice. However, as we well know, people love to come up with different twists on the classics – and the daiquiri is no exception. To celebrate National Daiquiri Day, we encourage you to make your daiquiri in a new and different way. Of course, if you’re a stickler for tradition, ain’t nothin’ wrong with the original daiquiri recipe.
Roasted Pineapple & Strawberry Daiquiri
We like this recipe because it combines a daiquiri flavor many of us are used to (strawberry) and pairs it with something a little different (roasted pineapple). It also uses ready-to-serve strawberry daiquiri, so it makes it seem like we tried a lot harder than we actually did.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Add wedged pineapple to a baking sheet, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. brown sugar and toss to coat.
- Put the pineapple in the oven and roast it for about 20 minutes. When it’s done, take it out and let it cool to room temperature.
- Add the pineapple to a high powered blender, puree and add extra pineapple juice if you need to thin the mixture out a little bit.
- Put ice in a cocktail glass, fill it with half of the pineapple mixture and then slowly pour Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light Strawberry Daiquiri in.
- Top off with some regular Bacardi to add some alcohol back into the cocktail you just sugared up.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Dave Arnold’s Thai Basil Daiquiri
Okay, a Thai Basil Daiquiri seems kind of weird and kind of cool all at the same time. We’ll try anything once. (PS: This recipe serves two, so grab a friend …or just have seconds.)
Put all of these ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Then, put the mixture in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake it up until it’s very cold. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into 2 cocktail glasses (or one jumbo glass):
- 10 large Thai basil leaves
- 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
- 2 ounces lime juice (about 4 limes)
- 4 ounces white rum
- Pinch of salt
Strawberry Daiquiri Popsicles
Remember when you made homemade popsicles when you were a kid? These are the same thing, but the adult version. This recipe is for Strawberry Daiquiri Popsicles, but you could really make any kind of daiquiri you like and freeze the mixture in popsicle molds.
Put the following ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth:
- 1lb. hulled strawberries
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/4-1/3 cup agave nectar
Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, and freeze for 4-6 hours.
How will you be celebrating National Daiquiri Day?