Daiquiri No. 4 Cocktail Drink

Daiquiri No.4

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Daiquiri No.4 recipe, with its select ingredients, offers an effortless way to make your evenings shine.

Daiquiri No.4 Recipe

Toast to sunnier days with our Daiquiri No.4 recipe! A fusion of white rum, lime, and liqueurs, this cocktail promises to be the highlight of your summer gatherings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

141 kl

Ingredients

  • oz White Rum
  • ¾ oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • ¼ oz sugar syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer and Fine-strainer
  • Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker pour ¼ oz sugar syrup, ¾ oz lime juice, ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur, and 1½ oz White Rum.
  • Shake Well: Add ice to the shaker and give the mixture a good shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  • Strain: Fine strain the mixture into your chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel to the rim for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: When I'm out of white rum, I've successfully used gold rum. It imparts a slightly richer flavor, altering the drink's character subtly.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: It's hard to replace its unique taste, but I've used cherry syrup in emergencies. The flavor will differ, but it keeps some cherry notes.
  • Sugar syrup: You can swap sugar syrup for agave nectar or honey. It is worth noting that using different sweetness will alter the final taste.
  • Lime juice: you can easily opt for lemon juice for a less tart flavor.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To prepare a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. This means 12 oz of white rum, 6 oz of lime juice, 2 oz of sugar syrup, and 2 oz of maraschino liqueur.
  • Mix: Combine all ingredients over ice in a large pitcher and stir.
  • Serve: Pour into individual cocktail glasses, garnish each with a lime wheel, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic white rum substitute. Several brands offer these, usually capturing the essence of rum without the alcohol.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: Use non-alcoholic cherry syrups.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with the mentioned non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps. 

Making it Vegan:

Most ingredients in the Daiquiri No.4 are inherently vegan. However, be cautious about the maraschino liqueur and simple syrup. Some brands might use non-vegan ingredients or processing methods.
Always double-check the label or contact the manufacturer if unsure. If you can't confirm, plenty of vegan-friendly alternatives are available in the market. Choose those to ensure your Daiquiri No.4 remains vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
141
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Potassium
 
30
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
11
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Daiquiri No. 4 Cocktail Drink

Daiquiri No.4 Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Toast to sunnier days with our Daiquiri No.4 recipe! A fusion of white rum, lime, and liqueurs, this cocktail promises to be the highlight of your summer gatherings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 141

Ingredients
 

  • oz White Rum
  • ¾ oz lime juice - freshly squeezed
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • ¼ oz sugar syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer and Fine-strainer
  • Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker pour ¼ oz sugar syrup, ¾ oz lime juice, ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur, and 1½ oz White Rum.
  • Shake Well: Add ice to the shaker and give the mixture a good shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  • Strain: Fine strain the mixture into your chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel to the rim for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: When I'm out of white rum, I've successfully used gold rum. It imparts a slightly richer flavor, altering the drink's character subtly.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: It's hard to replace its unique taste, but I've used cherry syrup in emergencies. The flavor will differ, but it keeps some cherry notes.
  • Sugar syrup: You can swap sugar syrup for agave nectar or honey. It is worth noting that using different sweetness will alter the final taste.
  • Lime juice: you can easily opt for lemon juice for a less tart flavor.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To prepare a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. This means 12 oz of white rum, 6 oz of lime juice, 2 oz of sugar syrup, and 2 oz of maraschino liqueur.
  • Mix: Combine all ingredients over ice in a large pitcher and stir.
  • Serve: Pour into individual cocktail glasses, garnish each with a lime wheel, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic white rum substitute. Several brands offer these, usually capturing the essence of rum without the alcohol.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: Use non-alcoholic cherry syrups.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with the mentioned non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps. 

Making it Vegan:

Most ingredients in the Daiquiri No.4 are inherently vegan. However, be cautious about the maraschino liqueur and simple syrup. Some brands might use non-vegan ingredients or processing methods.
Always double-check the label or contact the manufacturer if unsure. If you can't confirm, plenty of vegan-friendly alternatives are available in the market. Choose those to ensure your Daiquiri No.4 remains vegan.

What is a Daiquiri No.4?

Daiquiri No.4 is a rum cocktail that blends white rum, lime juice, sugar syrup, and maraschino liqueur. Historians trace its roots back to the early 20th century, making it a relative of the classic daiquiri family. The unique combination of ingredients sets it apart from its daiquiri siblings. While the cocktail might sound intricate, it’s surprisingly straightforward. This celebrated Daiquiri No.4 recipe showcases sophistication, yet its simplicity remains its core charm.

A high angle shot of a Daiquiri No. 4 cocktail in a cocktail glass on a yellow tray placed on a purple surface surrounded by four lime wedge in front of a turquoise background.

What is a Daiquiri No.4 made of – The ingredients

To prepare Daiquiri No.4, these are the ingredients you require:

  • White Rum: The primary spirit that gives the Daiquiri No.4 a potent kick and characteristic flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Provides the drink with its tangy zest, balancing the sweetness of other ingredients.
  • Simple Syrup: Offers sweetness and balances the lime citrusy.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: A cherry-based liqueur that offers a subtle fruity sweetness, enhancing the drink’s complexity.

White Rum, lime juice, maraschino Liqueur, sugar syrup and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Daiquiri No.4?

Let our guide show you the stages of making a Daiquiri No.4:

1
<p>Start by chilling a cocktail glass in the freezer to keep the drink cold for longer.</p>

Start by chilling a cocktail glass in the freezer to keep the drink cold for longer.

2
<p>Pour the simple syrup into the shaker.</p>

Pour the simple syrup into the shaker.

3
<p>Add the freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker.</p>

Add the freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker.

4
<p>Measure and pour the maraschino liqueur into the shaker</p>

Measure and pour the maraschino liqueur into the shaker

5
<p>Add the white rum to the mix.</p>

Add the white rum to the mix.

6
<p>Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, prepping it for mixing.</p>

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, prepping it for mixing.

7
<p>Shake the mixture vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels cold and frosty.</p>

Shake the mixture vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels cold and frosty.

8
<p>Fine strain the shaken mixture into the glass, ensuring a smooth pour without ice chips.</p>

Fine strain the shaken mixture into the glass, ensuring a smooth pour without ice chips.

9
<p>Garnish with a lime wheel on the rim, if desired.</p>

Garnish with a lime wheel on the rim, if desired.

Best Rum for a Daiquiri No.4

When crafting a Daiquiri No.4, your choice of rum can elevate the drink from good to exceptional. White rum complements the cocktail’s other ingredients seamlessly with its clean and slightly sweet profile. Bacardi Superior stands out for its light, crisp taste, making it popular among bartenders. Havana Club 3-Year-Old, with its hints of vanilla and chocolate, introduces more complexity. But if you want to treat yourself, consider splurging on Rhum Clément Agricole Blanc from Martinique; its grassy and herbal notes give the cocktail a unique twist. For consistent results and wide availability, I’d recommend Bacardi Superior – a reliable workhorse in daiquiris.

A Daiquiri No. 4 cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by White Rum, lime juice, maraschino Liqueur, sugar syrup and lime

Variations

Ready for a new taste experience? We have some favorites that are sure to interest you:

  • Hemingway Daiquiri: This adaptation stands out with its use of grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur, which add a unique twist to the classic mix. The grapefruit brings a bittersweet citrusy edge, while the maraschino liqueur introduces a hint of cherry-like sweetness. I find the combination of grapefruit and maraschino particularly appealing; it creates a refreshing and slightly exotic taste that I always enjoy.
  • Banana Daiquiri: This delightful twist incorporates ripe bananas, lending a natural, sweet, and creamy flavor to the blend. The addition of banana creates a smooth, velvety texture that is both comforting and satisfying. I love how the banana adds a tropical flair; it’s like a little escape to a sunny beach with every sip.
  • Strawberry Daiquiri: This take features fresh strawberries, which infuse the classic with a bright, fruity, and slightly tart flavor. The strawberries contribute to a vibrant red color and a refreshing taste that’s perfect for warm weather. The natural sweetness and freshness of the strawberries make this a favorite for those who appreciate a fruity touch in their beverages.

A side shot of a Daiquiri No. 4 cocktail in a cocktail glass on a yellow tray placed on a purple surface surrounded by four lime wedge in front of a turquoise background.

History and Origin

The Daiquiri No.4 traces its lineage back to the broader family of daiquiri cocktails. The original daiquiri, named after a small mining town in Cuba, emerged in the late 19th to early 20th century. American engineer Jennings Cox, stationed in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, often receives credit for inventing the daiquiri. He combined rum, lime, and sugar to create a refreshing drink.

Created by Constantino Ribalaigua Vert at The Floridita bar, the Daiquiri No.4 includes maraschino liqueur, offering a more complex and layered taste compared to its predecessors.

The Daiquiri No.4 became especially popular during the Prohibition era in the United States. Americans traveled to nearby Caribbean destinations, like Cuba, to enjoy alcoholic beverages legally. There, they encountered and developed a fondness for this particular daiquiri variation. Once Prohibition ended, they brought back their love for the drink, cementing its place in the annals of cocktail history.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Daiquiri No.4?
Typically it contains approximately 200 calories, which can vary based on specific ingredients and serving size.
How strong is a Daiquiri No.4 in terms of alcohol content?
It generally has an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of around 25-30%, translating to 50-60 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Daiquiri No.4?
The primary alcohol is white rum.
In which type of glass should a Daiquiri No.4 be served?
It is typically served in a chilled cocktail glass.
What does a Daiquiri No.4 taste like?
The cocktail offers a harmonious balance of citrusy tang from the lime, sweetness from Maraschino and sugar, and the depth of white rum.
What is the typical ingredient ratio for making a Daiquiri No.4?
The classic ratio is roughly 2 parts white rum, 1 part lime juice, 1/6 part sugar syrup, and 1/6 part maraschino liqueur.
How is a Daiquiri No.4 typically served with ice?
The drink is usually shaken with ice and then strained, serving it "up" without ice in the glass.

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