The daiquiri has been a favorite among bartenders, bar goers, and writers (i.e. Hemingway) for decades. It’s no wonder why: Comprised of just three ingredients — rum, sugar, and lime juice — the cocktail has the capability to morph into a landslide of different drams with just a few tweaks here and there. In honor of National Rum Day this Tuesday we’re bringing you just five of NYC’s best, from the bright to the boozy.
THE PAPA DAIQUIRI at SAXON + PAROLE
It was the Heminway Daiquiri that inspired head bartender Masa Urushido to tackle this riff on the classic. After shaking and straining a preparation of Cana Brava rum, pink grapefruit juice, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, and preserved grapefruit gomme syrup, Urushido tops it off a hand chipped ice cube and a lime wheel skewered with a cherry.
THE DAIQUIRI FASHION'D at AI FIORI
The bar team at this Fifth Avenue destination called upon Flor de Cana extra secco 4-year rum — the only white rum that is aged for four years — for their take on the industry go-to. Before finding its way to the glass it meets Angostura bitters, demerara syrup, and housemade tamarind water, which brings tartness to the otherwise earthy sipper.
THE BROKEN ARROW DAIQUIRI at SWEETWATER SOCIAL
Clever flavor combinations run rampant at this subterranean Noho Lounge, and even the classic daiquiri is no exception. Bartender Tim Cooper melds all sorts of tropical for this one, a coming together of house spiced Cana Brava Rum, orange curaçao, pineapple juice, and orgeat. Consider your summer staycation needs met.
THE ELIZA MYTH at HARDING'S
The farmers market makes its way into the glass at this Flatiron favorite, where bartender Derrick Turner muddles cucumbers with blueberries before shaking them with rum, honey, and lime juice. A cherry and a cucumber tops it all off in a lavender-hued coupe, filled to the brim.
THE HEMINGWAY DAIQUIRI at EMPLOYEES ONLY
It’s all about the classics done right at this beloved West Village cocktail haunt, where the bar team huddled up for this novelist-inspired cocktail of Cana Brava Rum, fresh lime juice, Maraschino liqueur and fresh grapefruit juice.
By Nicole Schnitzler
(Photos from left: The Eliza Myth at Harding's; The Hemingway Daiquiri at Employees Only by Emilie Baltz; The Broken Arrow Daiquiri at Sweetwater Social)