Happy Hour Tuesday!
This week we are going from Brazil to Cuba. Santiago, to be specific, where there is a beach called Daiquiri. Yes, you guessed right! Our drink of the week is called Limoncello Daiquiri!
We have seen in the previous blogs that it occurs often that drinks are claimed by different countries: in this case we supposedly have to thank Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer who was working in an iron mine close to the Daiquiri beach and came up with this basic yet tasty drink. It has to be said though that a drink similar to Daiquiri already appeared in the 1700s within the British Navy, as a mixture of rum, sugar and lime juice. It was later on with Jennings Cox that ice started to be used.
For a long time, Daiquiri was limited to Cuba, until 1909 when thanks to the Navy it got introduced in Washington DC and later on to other countries. The drink really became popular in the 1940s when America opened up trade relationships with Latin America and Cuba, which increased the curiosity towards a world that seemed so different yet so fashionable. As a consequence, Daiquiri, as well as other rum based drinks became fashionable as well. And, just to feed your curiousity, Daiquiri was one of the favorite drinks of President John F. Kennedy and Hernest Hemingway!
Daiquiri today is made in a variety of favors: banana, strawberry. peach, mango, and of course we had to come up with our Limoncello Daiquiri, which brings Daiquiri back to its basic ingredients and enhances the citrusy taste by making it crispier.
1 1/2 oz light rum
3/4 oz lime juice
1 oz Rometti Limoncello
1/4 oz sugar syrup
Pour the rum, Rometti Limoncello, lime juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour over a cocktail glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a lemon slice if you like.
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