Today is National Daiquiri Day! Am I drinking one right now? No. Sorry. I’m not traditionally a rum nor sugary drink fan (well, these days, anyways). Also, for some reason, daiquiris bring up the thought of pineapple, which I’m not the biggest fan of. According to this article from Liquor.com, though, a traditional daiquiri should only consist of light rum, lime juice, and a simple syrup.
Of course, having said all this, I was a fan of Wet Willie’s in Charleston until it closed down. It was one of the places that never ceased to amuse visiting guests (and also challenge how quickly they could drink something without getting brain freeze). They had some excellent concoctions there, but alas, they are no longer in Charleston. (The featured image is from one of those time I took some friends to Wet Willie’s, may it RIP in peace.)
Up until they closed down, I would have sent you there to get a daiquiri (if only for the experience). Now, though, I’m not certain where a great place is in Charleston for one! Maybe Coconut Joe’s? (Admittedly, this is one of my favorite places to go for the rooftop bar alone.) Daiquiris don’t seem to be a big hit in Charleston (which is all the more tragic considering Charleston’s traditional liquor of choice was rum, thanks to all the trade from sugar cane back when it was all still on the peninsula).
There are so many recipes out there to try, too. Starting with the classic recipe from Liquor.com is one option. If you want some flavored varieties to try, though, I think these sound awesome:
- Miss in the Kitchen – Strawberry Daiquiri
- The Kitchn – Hemingway Daiquiri (as if I was going to pass that up during Hemingway Days)
- Striped Spatula – Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri
- Sumptuous Living – Ginger Lime Daiquiri
- The Idea Room – Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Daiquiri (for those who aren’t as big into alcohol or can’t drink, but you want to feel included)
Goodness. Now I have a whole list of recipes to try. I should stop doing this to myself.