To mark the release of Bacardi's Limited Edition Heritage rum (a recreation of its 100 year-old recipe coming in at 44.5 per cent ABV rather than the typical 37.5 per cent), we thought we’d take a look at Hemingway’s favourite tipple, the daiquiri.
First created in Cuba in 1898 with a recipe calling for “Bacardi Superior”, a good daiquiri is the perfect balance of lime juice and sugar with light, aromatic rum. With only three ingredients it is very simple to put together, and, when done well, it is a sublime aperitif cocktail. But as with all simple drinks, it is easy to get it wrong. Here’s how to get it just right:
Cocktail strainer and fine strainer
Jigger to measure the rum
A chilled martini glass
60ml of rum
25ml of fresh lime juice
2 heaped teaspoons of caster sugar
Crushed and cubed ice
Always squeeze the lime juice fresh, using a juice press or a reamer, since lime juice oxidises very quickly and will lose its essential zestiness in as little as 20 minutes.
Use caster sugar because it is the authentic choice; it is what the Cuban bartenders used at the turn of the century. It dissolves quicker than granulated sugar, and gives the drink a sherbetty texture that you don’t get when you use sugar syrup. Heap as much sugar on the spoon as you can, this will give the right amount of sweetness to balance the sourness of the lime. Stir the sugar into the lime juice before you add the rum as this helps it dissolve.
Don’t be tempted to use an aged golden rum - this will have a more intense oaky, spicy flavour that will over-balance the drink and compromise its light, refreshing character.
Mix the run with the premixed lime juice and sugar. Shake it with a combination of cubed and crushed ice. This will give the drink the perfect temperature and the right level of dilution. Shake the drink for around twice as long as you would normally to ensure the sugar is dissolved and that the drink is icy cold.
Fine-strain it into a chilled martini glass to ensure that there are no chips of ice in the finished drink. Done. Don’t garnish it, it's perfect as it is.
Only 7,500 cases of the Bacardi’s Limited Edition Heritage rum will be available worldwide, so if you’re inclined to try a taste of the past, we suggest you act quickly. www.bacardi.com