How about a classic Daiquiri to celebrate Mardi Gras? This cocktail has an interesting history that dates back to the early 1900’s and has taken many forms since its inception, but we’re sure that you’ll enjoy this classic combination of light rum, lime juice and sugar.
HISTORY OF THE DAIQUIRI
A Cuban iron mine owner, Jennings Cox, was credited with creating the original daiquiri. It’s said that he ran out of gin while entertaining guests and went out to purchase the easiest liquor he could find, which was rum. He turned the rum into punch by adding lemons, sugar, mineral water and ice to the rum. When guests raved about the drink and wanted to know what it was, Jennings named it for a nearby beach and called it a Daiquiri.
The cocktail was brought to the states through U.S. Navy officers and was popularized by the biggest writers of the era — F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway even created his own sugar-free version of the cocktail to meet his diabetic needs.
Since then, bars have put their own spin on the Daiquiri, adding infusions, fruit flavors, and of course blending it with ice like drinks you’ll see on Bourbon Street. Like the Cajuns say, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” — Let the good times roll!