We made it!! Whew, this week seemed like a long one, no? Let's celebrate with a classic summer drink - The Daiquiri. Two confessions - I can never spell Daiquiri (I'm currently copying and pasting it) and I always thought a Daiquiri was a frozen and fruity, vacation drink. It turns out that those super sweet and cheesy drinks were giving the Daiquiri a bad name, on top of being difficult to spell!
I was re-educated at a cocktail course at my local wine store, Brooklyn Wine Exchange. The mixologist from P.D.T, Jim Meehan, led the class and showed us how to make one of his favorite cocktails, The Classic Daiquiri. The Daiquiri is a Cuban cocktail named after the town it was created in, that is simple, light and refreshing A.K.A nothing at all like what I had pictured in my head.
(P.D.T, or Please Don't Tell is a cool speakeasy in the lower-east side that you have to enter through a phone booth in a hot dog shop. It's my go-to spot when friends from out of town are visiting because it's so fun and unlike anywhere else - plus the everything bagel hot dog is addictive.)
Anyways, back to business. Jim explained this was the perfect beginner's cocktail because it's simple, but also when made right tastes amazing. It has three simple ingredients everyone should always have on hand- limes, rum and simple syrup. It's also super simple to memorize so you can impress people at parties too. All you do is shake them all up and strain into a chilled coup. Garnish with a floating lime wheel and you're ready to start your weekend. The trick is getting the proportions to your taste right. Some like it sweeter and some like it more citrusy - it's about finding your perfect daiquiri. In case you ever want to whip me up one, I like mine with a little extra lime.
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)