Derby Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

Derby Daiquiri

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Derby Daiquiri recipe is the perfect cocktail to shake up your summer, combining simple ingredients for a refreshing drink.

Derby Daiquiri Recipe

Experience a classic with a twist; our Derby Daiquiri recipe mixes smooth rum with zesty lime and orange, perfect for any gathering.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

163 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Light White Rum
  • ¾ oz fresh orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz sugar syrup

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Coupe Glass for serving

Instructions

  • Blend Ingredients: Blend ¼ oz sugar syrup, ½ oz fresh lime juice, ¾ oz fresh orange juice, and 2 oz Light White Rum with crushed ice.
  • Pour: After blended, pour your slushy cocktail into your pre-chilled glass of service.
  • Garnish: Garnish with half-orange and lime wheels on the rim.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rum: I sometimes use coconut-flavored rum for a tropical twist. For a stronger kick, aged rum can add depth.
  • Orange Juice: No orange juice? Try using grapefruit or pineapple juice for a different but delightful flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Lemon juice is a great substitute, offering a similar citrusy zing.
  • Sugar Syrup: If you're out of sugar syrup, dissolve some sugar in hot water or use honey for a natural sweetness.

Making a Pitcher of Derby Daiquiri:

  • Scale: Multiply all ingredients by the number of servings you need. For a pitcher serving 8, use 16 oz rum, 6 oz orange juice, 4 oz lime juice, and 2 oz sugar syrup.
  • Mix: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with crushed ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual glasses, garnished with orange and lime wheels.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum alternative or a mixture of pineapple juice and coconut cream for the tropical flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using these non-alcoholic substitutes.

Making it Vegan:

  • Sugar Syrup: Ensure your sugar syrup is vegan-friendly (some sugars are processed with animal bone char). Alternatively, use agave syrup.
  • Check Ingredients: Verify that all other ingredients are vegan, as some brands of juices and syrups may contain animal-derived products.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
163
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Potassium
 
65
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
50
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
15
mg
18
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Derby Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

Derby Daiquiri Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Experience a classic with a twist; our Derby Daiquiri recipe mixes smooth rum with zesty lime and orange, perfect for any gathering.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 163

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Light White Rum
  • ¾ oz fresh orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz sugar syrup

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Coupe Glass for serving

Instructions

  • Blend Ingredients: Blend ¼ oz sugar syrup, ½ oz fresh lime juice, ¾ oz fresh orange juice, and 2 oz Light White Rum with crushed ice.
  • Pour: After blended, pour your slushy cocktail into your pre-chilled glass of service.
  • Garnish: Garnish with half-orange and lime wheels on the rim.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rum: I sometimes use coconut-flavored rum for a tropical twist. For a stronger kick, aged rum can add depth.
  • Orange Juice: No orange juice? Try using grapefruit or pineapple juice for a different but delightful flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Lemon juice is a great substitute, offering a similar citrusy zing.
  • Sugar Syrup: If you're out of sugar syrup, dissolve some sugar in hot water or use honey for a natural sweetness.

Making a Pitcher of Derby Daiquiri:

  • Scale: Multiply all ingredients by the number of servings you need. For a pitcher serving 8, use 16 oz rum, 6 oz orange juice, 4 oz lime juice, and 2 oz sugar syrup.
  • Mix: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with crushed ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual glasses, garnished with orange and lime wheels.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum alternative or a mixture of pineapple juice and coconut cream for the tropical flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using these non-alcoholic substitutes.

Making it Vegan:

  • Sugar Syrup: Ensure your sugar syrup is vegan-friendly (some sugars are processed with animal bone char). Alternatively, use agave syrup.
  • Check Ingredients: Verify that all other ingredients are vegan, as some brands of juices and syrups may contain animal-derived products.

What is a Derby Daiquiri?

Derby Daiquiri is a cocktail that combines light rum with the tangy flavors of lime and orange juice. This drink, known for its simplicity and bright taste, is popular for those who enjoy a citrusy twist on their cocktails. The Derby Daiquiri, with its straightforward mix of ingredients, offers a delightful experience for anyone looking to enjoy a classic yet distinct cocktail.

A side shot of a Derby Daiquiri in a coupe glass on a wooden table mate in front of lime pieces and plant leaves.

What is a Derby Daiquiri made of – The ingredients

For a Derby Daiquiri, use these ingredients:

  • Light White Rum: Provides the smooth, slightly sweet base of the cocktail.
  • Orange Juice: Adds a fresh, citrusy sweetness, enhancing the overall flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Contributes a sharp, tangy edge, balancing the sweetness.
  • Sugar Syrup: Offers additional sweetness to harmonize the citrus notes.

White rum, orange juice and lime juice laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Derby Daiquiri?

Let us guide you in making a great Derby Daiquiri:

1
<p>Pour sugar syrup into the blender.</p>

Pour sugar syrup into the blender.

2
<p>Add freshly squeezed lime to the blender</p>

Add freshly squeezed lime to the blender

3
<p>Add orange juice to the mix.</p>

Add orange juice to the mix.

4
<p>Pour light white rum into the blender.</p>

Pour light white rum into the blender.

5
<p>Include a scoop of crushed ice.</p>

Include a scoop of crushed ice.

6
<p>Blend these ingredients until smooth.</p>

Blend these ingredients until smooth.

7
<p>Pour the blended mixture into a chilled coupe glass.</p>

Pour the blended mixture into a chilled coupe glass.

8
<p>Garnish the drink with half-orange and lime wheels on the rim for a visually appealing and aromatic touch.</p>

Garnish the drink with half-orange and lime wheels on the rim for a visually appealing and aromatic touch.

9
<p>Enjoy your Derby Daiquiri!</p>

Enjoy your Derby Daiquiri!

Using Gin instead of Rum for a Derby Daiquiri

Using gin instead of rum in a Derby Daiquiri can significantly change the drink’s character. Gin, known for its botanical notes, introduces a more herbal and floral profile than light white rum’s smooth, slightly sweet taste. This substitution creates a variant that might appeal to those who prefer gin’s distinctive flavor. Among well-known gin brands, Bombay Sapphire stands out for its balanced blend of botanicals, making it a great choice for this twist on the Derby Daiquiri. Its subtle juniper and citrus notes complement the orange and lime juices, adding complexity to the drink. For a gin that shines in this cocktail, Hendrick’s, with its cucumber and rose infusions, offers a unique and refreshing alternative, aligning well with the citrusy and sweet components of the original recipe.

A Derby Daiquiri cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a dark wooden table with some limes and a orange around.

Derby Daiquiri Variations

Do you desire other Daiquiri? Try one from our big selection of recommendations:

Strawberry Daiquiri: Lush strawberries take center stage, mingling with lime and rum for a fruity, vibrant taste. The natural sweetness of strawberries makes this perfect for sunny days. I always feel uplifted by the fresh strawberry flavor; it’s like a summer burst in a glass.

Banana Daiquiri: Creamy, rich banana flavors make this one smooth and indulgent. The natural sweetness of bananas complements the rum, while lime juice adds a necessary zing, striking a delightful balance.

Mango Daiquiri: Exotic and sweet mangoes star in this variation, offering an aromatic, tropical flair. The rich, velvety texture of mangoes blends seamlessly with the crisp rum, creating a taste of tropical paradise.

Pineapple Daiquiri: Tangy and vibrant pineapple flavors shine here, bringing a refreshing twist. The tartness of pineapple perfectly counters the rum’s sweetness, resulting in a well-rounded and invigorating drink.

Frozen Daiquiri: Blending the classic ingredients with ice transforms this into a slushy, ultra-refreshing treat. Ideal for hot days, it cools while delivering familiar rum and lime flavors in a fun, icy format.

Raspberry Daiquiri: Tart raspberries combine with the classic daiquiri base for a delightful mix. The raspberries add a beautiful color and a balance of sweet and tart flavors, making it both visually appealing and deliciously complex.

Peach Daiquiri: Juicy, sweet peaches add a soft, fragrant, summery touch. The natural sweetness of peaches pairs beautifully with the bright lime acidity, creating a harmonious and enticing drink.

Blueberry Daiquiri: Rich, slightly tart blueberries add depth and color. The unique taste and lovely hue of blueberries make this as visually appealing as it is delicious.

Passion Fruit Daiquiri: Tangy and tropical passion fruit brings an exotic, intensely flavorful twist. The vibrant tartness and aroma of passion fruit blend perfectly with the rum, resulting in a tantalizing, refreshing concoction. I find the bold, tropical flavors especially captivating; it’s like an exotic island escape with every sip.

A side shot of a Derby Daiquiri in a coupe glass on a wooden table mate in front of lime pieces and plant leaves.

History and Origin of the Derby Daiquiri

The Derby Daiquiri cocktail dates back to 1959 at The Mai-Kai Polynesian Restaurant and Tiki bar in Oakland Park, Florida. Mariano Licudine, a bartender at the establishment, created this cocktail. The inspiration for the Derby Daiquiri came from the need for a signature drink for the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, a counterpart to the Kentucky Derby’s famous Mint Julep. The creation of this cocktail marked a significant moment, as it became the official drink of the Florida Derby, celebrating the event’s spirit and Florida’s tropical vibe.

A Derby Daiquiri cocktail, shot from above, on a white marmol table surrounded by a bottle of orange juice, a bottle of lime juice, white rum bottle and sugar cubes.

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FAQ

What is the alcohol by volume (ABV) of a Derby Daiquiri?
Typically, it's around 12-15% ABV.
How strong is a Derby Daiquiri in proof?
It's usually about 24-30 proof.
What type of alcohol does a Derby Daiquiri use?
It primarily uses light white rum.
In which glass do you serve a Derby Daiquiri?
Serve it in a chilled coupe glass.
What does a Derby Daiquiri taste like?
It has a refreshing, citrusy flavor with a sweet and tangy balance.
What is the ingredient ratio for a Derby Daiquiri?
The classic ratio is 2:¾:½:¼ for rum, orange, lime, and sugar syrup.
How do you serve a Derby Daiquiri regarding ice?
Blend it with crushed ice and pour, typically served without additional ice.
How many calories are in a Derby Daiquiri?
It contains approximately 150-200 calories per serving.

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