The Daiquiri is an underrated classic, a beautifully pure combination of rum, lime juice, and sugar. It's also wonderfully flexible, as this drink, from Justin Olsen of Bearded Lady in Prospect Heights, illustrates. This cocktail, one of six Daiquiri variations featured in Brooklyn Bartender by Carey Jones, gets a little boost from rich maple syrup and an extra-savory, smoky edge from half an ounce of peaty Islay Scotch.
While Olsen's recommended rum is the Flor de Caña 4 Year gold, we also love this drink with the richer, deeper Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva.
1 1/2 ounces (45ml) rum
3/4 ounce (20ml) fresh juice from 1 large or 2 small limes
1/2 ounce (15ml) maple syrup
1/2 ounce (15ml) peaty Islay Scotch, such as Laphroaig
Lime wheel, for garnish
Add rum, lime juice, maple syrup, and Scotch to a cocktail shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
Double-strain into a coupe glass, garnish with lime wheel, and serve immediately.
Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer, fine-mesh strainer
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 13g|
|Vitamin C 7mg||33%|
|*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.|