How to Make a Classic Daiquiri

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Sipping a daiquiri poolside screams summer fun. All too often, though, those super-sweet drinks mask the one ingredient that should be the star: rum.


Rum is the spirit of choice at Smuggler’s Cove, a San Francisco bar specializing in Caribbean cocktails and drinks from Prohibition-era Havana. As owner Martin Cate explains, a classic daiquiri is deceptively simple, composed of only three ingredients — lime juice, sugar and rum. He gave us the scoop on how to mix the traditional cocktail in a way that showcases your favorite style of rum. Watch below for Cate’s easy demonstration.


Classic Daiquiri

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. rum

Ice as needed


In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, simple syrup and rum. Add ice. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass. Serves 1.


About the author: Olivia Terenzio grew up in Mississippi, where she cultivated a love of sweet potatoes, crawfish and cloth napkins at a young age. A passion for sharing food with friends and family led her into the kitchen and later to culinary school, where she learned how to roast a chicken and decorate a cake like a pro. As a Williams-Sonoma blog editor, she’s now lucky enough to be talking, writing and thinking about food all day.

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