The classic Daiquirí was a favored drink of author Ernest Hemingway and President John Kennedy. It is also the name of a whole family of rum-and-citrus drinks which flourished during World War II when Caribbean and South American rums were more available than other spirits. Fresh lime juice is the key to a good Daiquiri.
2 ounces light rum
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon simple syrup
Combine all the ingredients with plenty of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
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Tasting notes: Excellent balance of tart, sweet and strong.
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