El Floridita Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

El Floridita Daiquiri

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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When you want a drink that’s a cut above the rest, turn to the El Floridita Daiquiri recipe. Its choice of ingredients makes it a cocktail you can make in minutes.

El Floridita Daiquiri Recipe

Savor the zesty notes of the El Floridita Daiquiri recipe! Rum, lime, and maraschino combine in this cocktail, making it a sunny day favorite.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

172 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • Crushed ice

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Mix Ingredients: Into the blender, pour 1 tsp granulated sugar, ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz White Rum.
  • Blend: Add a scoop of crushed ice and blend until smooth.
  • Pour and Serve: Pour your mixture into your cocktail glass and enjoy your El Floridita Daiquiri immediately. Cheers!

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: I've sometimes swapped out white Rum for aged Rum when I want a deeper flavor profile. A coconut rum can also be used for a tropical twist.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: In the absence of maraschino liqueur, a touch of almond syrup (orgeat) or cherry brandy can give a different but delightful flair.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8, you'll need 16 oz of white Rum, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 8 tsp of granulated sugar, and 2 oz of maraschino liqueur.
  • Mix: Blend all the ingredients in a blender with 8 scoops of crushed ice.
  • Serve: Pour into individual cocktail glasses.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic rum alternative in specialty stores. They capture the essence without the alcohol.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: Use a cherry syrup or non-alcoholic cherry flavoring.
  • Mix & Serve: Follow the original instructions using the non-alcoholic substitutes to enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The classic recipe is already vegan. However, always check the labels of any rum or liqueur, as some might contain non-vegan ingredients or use non-vegan processing methods. Pay attention as well to the sugar as some may have been processed with bone char.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
172
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Potassium
 
34
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

El Floridita Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

El Floridita Daiquiri Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Savor the zesty notes of the El Floridita Daiquiri recipe! Rum, lime, and maraschino combine in this cocktail, making it a sunny day favorite.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 172

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • Crushed ice

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Mix Ingredients: Into the blender, pour 1 tsp granulated sugar, ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz White Rum.
  • Blend: Add a scoop of crushed ice and blend until smooth.
  • Pour and Serve: Pour your mixture into your cocktail glass and enjoy your El Floridita Daiquiri immediately. Cheers!

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: I've sometimes swapped out white Rum for aged Rum when I want a deeper flavor profile. A coconut rum can also be used for a tropical twist.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: In the absence of maraschino liqueur, a touch of almond syrup (orgeat) or cherry brandy can give a different but delightful flair.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8, you'll need 16 oz of white Rum, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 8 tsp of granulated sugar, and 2 oz of maraschino liqueur.
  • Mix: Blend all the ingredients in a blender with 8 scoops of crushed ice.
  • Serve: Pour into individual cocktail glasses.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic rum alternative in specialty stores. They capture the essence without the alcohol.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: Use a cherry syrup or non-alcoholic cherry flavoring.
  • Mix & Serve: Follow the original instructions using the non-alcoholic substitutes to enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The classic recipe is already vegan. However, always check the labels of any rum or liqueur, as some might contain non-vegan ingredients or use non-vegan processing methods. Pay attention as well to the sugar as some may have been processed with bone char.

What is the El Floridita Daiquiri?

An El Floridita Daiquiri blends white Rum, lime juice, and maraschino liqueur. This delightful cocktail is perfect for sipping on sunny days or at festive gatherings, capturing the essence of tropical relaxation. Its unique blend of flavors offers a tantalizing balance of sweetness and tartness, making it a popular choice among those who appreciate classic cocktails with a twist.

A side shot of an El Floridita Daiquiri cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white cloth placed on a yellow table with two limes around, in front of a plant, a jigger, a shaker, and a salmon wall.

What is in the El Floridita Daiquiri – The ingredients

The blend for an El Floridita Daiquiri includes these components:

  • White Rum: The primary spirit that provides the drink with its robust and smooth base.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a zesty tartness, enhancing the drink’s refreshing quality.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: Lends a subtle sweetness and a hint of cherry flavor.
  • Granulated Sugar: Balances the sourness of the lime with a touch of sweetness.
  • Crushed Ice: Chills the cocktail and delivers the perfect slushy consistency.

A side shot of an El Floridita Daiquiri cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white cloth placed on a yellow table surrounded by sugar cubes, and two limes, in front of a plant and a turquoise wall.

How do you make the El Floridita Daiquiri?

Let our guide escort you through the stages of making an El Floridita Daiquiri:

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

Pour the granulated sugar into the blender.

2
<p>Add Maraschino Liqueur into the blender glass.</p>

Add Maraschino Liqueur into the blender glass.

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

Add lime juice to the mix.

4
<p>Pour white Rum into the blender glass.</p>

Pour white Rum into the blender glass.

5
<p>Add one scoop of crushed ice.</p>

Add one scoop of crushed ice.

6
<p>Blend for about 10-15 seconds or until the drink reaches the desired consistency.</p>

Blend for about 10-15 seconds or until the drink reaches the desired consistency.

7
<p>Pour the mixture into your cocktail glass.</p>

Pour the mixture into your cocktail glass.

8
<p>Enjoy your El Floridita Daiquiri!</p>

Enjoy your El Floridita Daiquiri!

Best Rum for El Floridita Daiquiri

Choosing the right Rum for your El Floridita Daiquiri is like picking the lead actor for a movie – it sets the tone. While the drink traditionally uses white Rum, not all white rums are equal. For a crisp and smooth blend, Bacardi Superior is a solid choice; it’s widely available and offers a clean finish. But if you’re looking for a richer profile without straying too far from tradition, Havana Club Añejo Blanco might be your best bet. It brings a hint of tropical notes that beautifully complement the lime and maraschino. For those who truly want to elevate their cocktail to the next level, consider splurging on the Plantation 3 Stars, a blend of rums from three islands. Its nuanced flavors will make your cocktail shine. However, if you had to pick just one? Start with Havana Club – its Cuban roots give your El Floridita an authentic touch.

A side shot of an El Floridita Daiquiri cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white cloth placed on a yellow table surrounded by sugar cubes, and two limes, in front of a plant and a turquoise wall.

Variations

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

  • Classic Daiquiri with Fresh Fruit or Juices: This delightful twist on the classic incorporates fresh fruits or juices, such as strawberries or guava, infusing a natural sweetness and a vibrant, fruity aroma. The addition of these elements transforms the experience, adding a refreshing and tropical feel. I really enjoy the burst of fruit flavors in this; it’s like a ray of sunshine in a glass, perfect for a summer day.
  • Papa Doble: This robust rendition, inspired by Ernest Hemingway, stands out with its inclusion of grapefruit juice and Maraschino liqueur, alongside a generous double portion of rum. This combination creates a more complex and intriguing profile, balancing the tartness of grapefruit with the subtle sweetness of Maraschino. The doubled rum adds a hearty kick, making it a strong and memorable experience. Personally, I appreciate the boldness of this; the grapefruit’s tartness combined with the rum’s warmth makes it exceptionally satisfying.

A side shot of an El Floridita Daiquiri cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white cloth placed on a yellow table surrounded by sugar cubes, three limes, a jigger, a White Rum bottle and a Maraschino Liqueur bottle, in front of a turquoise wall.

History and Origins

The El Floridita Daiquiri owes its fame and name to the iconic El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba. Founded in 1817, initially as “La Piña de Plata,” the bar underwent several name changes before settling on “El Floridita.” By the early 20th century, this bar had become a hotspot for locals and tourists, drawing in a crowd seeking its legendary cocktails.

The acclaimed American author Ernest Hemingway played a significant role in popularizing El Floridita and its signature cocktails. Having lived in Havana for several years, Hemingway often frequented the bar, praising its drinks, especially the daiquiris. Legend has it that the “Papa Hemingway Special,” a grapefruit and maraschino variant of the daiquiri, originated from Hemingway’s preference.

An El Floridita Daiquiri cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by White Rum, Maraschino Liqueur, sugar cubes and two limes.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in an El Floridita Daiquiri?
An average it typically contains 150-200 calories, depending on the specific ingredients and their quantities.
What's the strength of an El Floridita cocktail in terms of ABV and proof?
It usually has an ABV of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof, primarily influenced by the white Rum.
What type of alcohol is used in an El Floridita Daiquiri?
White Rum serves as the primary spirit.
In which type of glass is the El Floridita Daiquiri traditionally served?
The drink is traditionally served in a coupe or martini glass.
What does an El Floridita Daiquiri taste like?
It offers a harmonious balance of tartness from lime, sweetness from maraschino liqueur, and the robustness of white Rum, creating a refreshing yet spirited flavor profile.
What's the typical ratio of ingredients in an El Floridita Daiquiri?
The common ratio is 2 parts white rum, 1 part lime juice, a tsp of sugar and a dash of maraschino liqueur, though slight variations might exist based on personal preferences.
How is the El Floridita Daiquiri typically served using ice?
The cocktail is generally blended together with ice to achieve a slushy consistency.

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