El Floridita Daiquiri Recipe

The El Floridita Daiquiri in a cocktail glass with a lime wheel on the rim.
Robyn Lee

Originally prepared as the simplest mixture of three basic ingredients—rum, lime, sugar—over the past century the daiquiri has been saddled with all kinds of baggage, from strawberries, bananas and mangoes (all too often in the form of artificially flavored knockoffs) to imitation lime juice and massive slurpy machines.

While it's easy to dismiss the many adaptations of this classic drink as unnecessary tinkering or as outright heresy (depending on how worked up you tend to get about these kinds of things), that's too simplistic. Properly handled, a daiquiri made with a couple of fresh strawberries tossed into the cocktail shaker or prepared with a little crushed ice in a blender can be a beautiful thing.

And even the bartenders who made Havana a haven for thirsty Americans during Prohibition added occasional flourishes to the daiquiri. Here's one that's particularly worthwhile: El Floridita Daiquiri.

Named for the Havana bar that hosted thousands of daiquiri drinkers back in the day, with the notable example of Ernest Hemingway (he had his own version of a daiquiri that the Floridita bartenders prepared for him in bulk), the El Floridita Daiquiri takes the basic template for the original daiquiri and adds one slight, though flavorful tweak with a touch of aromatic maraschino liqueur. It's a small change to the daiquiri, but one that gives an already exceptional drink a bit of depth and gravity.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces white rum

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup (or less, to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker (if using granulated sugar, stir to dissolve it in the lime juice before adding the other ingredients) and fill with ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of lime.

Special equipment

cocktail shaker and strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
170 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 30mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)