It’s National Daiquiri Day! The daiquiri is a rum-based cocktail invented by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox. It is believed that Cox created the first daiquiri in the early 1900s at a small bar in Santiago, Cuba. After having run out of gin, Cox opted for a rum-based cocktail instead.
The original daiquiri recipe called for white rum, lime juice, and sugar. According to another legend, Ernest Hemingway inspired the creation of the frozen variety at El Floridita in Havana in the 1940s. The bartender’s name was Constantino Ribalaigua, and he is often considered the true creator of the daiquiri. Today, there are many daiquiri flavors and varieties from which to choose, including the popular strawberry daiquiri.
To celebrate National Daiquiri Day, share a round of these delicious cocktails with your friends! Make them at home or look for drink specials at your local bar. Cheers!
- July 20, 2019 is also National Fortune Cookie Day