Lime Daiquiri

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Beach Party



Classic Lime Daiquiri in coupe glass garnished with lime

If the first thing you crave when thinking of a Lime Daiquiri is an overly sweet adult slushie, you’re knocking on the wrong door. Frozen fruity Daiquiris for Spring Break are this way.  

If you’re looking for a refreshing and zesty summer cocktail that’s great for sipping under a parasol, keep reading.  

The Classic Daiquiri (Lime Daiquiri)

The original Daiquiri was invented in 1898 in the mining town of Daiquiri in Cuba. Almost a decade later, this classic recipe traveled from Cuba to America, and it was an instant hit. The Lime Daquiri is said to have been a firm favorite of President John F Kennedy and famed writer Ernst Hemingway. In fact, he loved it so much that he had one named after him.  

The Classic Daiquiri uses only three simple ingredients, and the recipe is a delicate balancing between the sweet and the sour. It’s a fresh and straightforward lime cocktail that is very similar to a Classic Margarita in that you’ll be using fresh lime juice and sugar syrup, but instead of tequila, you’ll be using light rum. And there’s none of the expected Daiquiri slush. Instead, this one gets chilled and strained into a coupe glass, making it more sophisticated. It’s a drink for a refined palate and perfect for a warm summer evening.  

Lime Daiquiri recipe

You’ll never look back once you know how to make a Lime Daiquiri the right way. But there are some rules to keep in mind to make these like a Havana nights pro: choose good quality light rum. We’re talking about a premium brand that won’t overpower the drink, like Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum. Choose this for a rum for its fruity natural aroma and overtone of molasses. It blends beautifully with the tartness of the lime. The second rule is to stick to fresh lime juice. The bottled stuff just won’t do this classic Daiquiri any favors.  Lastly, make a sugar syrup using demerara sugar for its hints of molasses and caramel. We can’t say this enough: If you’re making a cocktail using very few ingredients, make sure those ingredients are the best you can get your hands on.  

So now that you’ve got all the right ingredients let’s talk you through how to make this quintessential rum cocktail.   



If your Lime Daiquiri is a little too tart, add more simple syrup. If it’s too sweet add more lime. Play around until you have the perfect balance.


For best juicing results make sure your limes are at room temperature.


For extra zest factor when making the lime twist, peel it straight over the Lime Daiquiri so that those extra citrus oils will fall into the drink.



1 Person

0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

Freshly squeezed lime juice
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Demerara simple syrup



Pour the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice


Shake until properly chilled – about 30 seconds should do the trick


Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a twist of lime 

Recipe tips

As we mentioned before, this cocktail requires a delicate balancing act. You should expect a bit of trial and error to find the perfect serve. If you add too much rum, it will overpower the drink. Too much sugar, and you’ll be stuck with a sickly-sweet concoction. Too much lime and your tastebuds will drown in a pool of acid. Follow the recipe above and adjust it to your own taste. 

Another good tip to keep in your pocket is to juice the lime by hand. You want the oils of the lime rind to really mingle with the rest of the ingredients to create that zesty mouthfeel that you won’t get from the store-bought bottled version.

Once you’ve nailed the perfect Daiquiri, you’ll never look back.  


 The Lime Daiquiri is strong enough to get the party started! At 20% ABV, it is not a light drink.  

A classic Lime Daiquiri is made of three simple ingredients: white rum, sugar syrup, and fresh lime juice. Shaken with ice and strained into a coupe glass with a twist of lemon, it will become your go-to rum cocktail once you’ve learned how to make a Daiquiri properly.  

When peeling the lime, hold it over your prepared Lime Daiquiri. This will ensure all those lovely zesty oils will drop straight into the drink. Once peeled, take the lime rind and twist it over the drink before dropping it in for an extra burst of freshness. 

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