Key Lime Daiquiri

When most people think of "daiquiris," they think of sweet, frozen blender drinks, made with sugary syrups, that are often flavored with artificial strawberries (whatever those are).

But those aren't real daiquiris.

True daiquiris are actually quite simple and extremely refreshing, and NOT made with fake strawberries. The classic daiquiri recipe is equal parts of light rum and fresh lime juice, shaken with ice and a splash of simple syrup. It is then strained over fresh ice in a rocks class, or served up in a martini glass.

I took the classic recipe, and gave it a Floridian twist.

I used Cruzan's key lime flavored rum, fresh key lime juice, and swapped out the simple syrup for some homemade key lime liqueur.* I also added a few drops of lime bitters to give the drink some more dimension.

* Key lime liqueur can easily be made by infusing plain vodka with the zest of several key limes for 4 weeks, and then blending the infused vodka with simple syrup. Let the final blend rest for a few more weeks before using. I've outlined the steps for making homemade fruit liqueurs here.

If you can't find key lime flavored rum, a citrus flavored rum will do just fine. And, if all else fails, a regular white rum will work as well. But the Cruzan key lime rum is delicious and I highly recommend it.

I don't drink rum very often, but this daiquiri is so refreshing and tropical that I often find myself craving it whenever I need a little burst of sunshine in my life. It definitely does the trick!



  1. Prepare rocks glass by filling with cracked ice.
  2. Fill mixing glass with ice.
  3. Pour in all ingredients.
  4. Shake mixture vigorously until shaking can frosts over.
  5. Strain mixture into prepared rocks glass.
  6. Garnish with lime zest.
The hot pink drink umbrella is not required, though it is highly recommended.