How to make a perfect daiquiri


Daiquiris bring a Latin flavor to every cocktail party. Mixologist Allen Katz shares his recipe for making a perfect daiquiri.

How to make a perfect daiquiri
  1. In a mixing glass, measure two parts of light or dark rum and one part each of fresh squeezed juice from a lime, and simple syrup. (Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water combined over heat until the sugar dissolves. You can make it yourself and keep it in the refrigerator in a closed container.)
  2. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice to chill it.
  3. Strain the excess water in the sink, leaving the ice in the shaker.
  4. Pour the rum, lime juice and simple syrup mixture into the cocktail shaker and place the cocktail glass upside down on the shaker to create a seal and shake well. When the metal shaker is hard to hold because it’s so cold, you’ll know it’s chilled enough. To dislodge the mixing glass from the shaker, give it a good tap on the side.
  5. Strain into a glass with a cocktail strainer.
  6. Garnish with one thin lime wheel floating on top for an aromatic finish.



I'm Allen Katz for and today I'm going to teach you how to make a Daiquiri. A Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail but you can either use a light rum or dark rum, and I really suggest experimenting because they're two wonderfully different but equally refreshing cocktails.

What we start with is our basic mixing glass, and using the jigger as a measuring tool, we're going to do two parts of light rum, and one part each of fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. We'll start with the simple syrup, which is essentially sugar and water, and you can simply shake them together in any kind of closed vessel and leave it in your refrigerator and if it's well sealed, it will last at least a month in the refrigerator. Those two in combination, sugar and water, make this very flavorful and slightly viscous syrup. To make simple syrup you’re going to add equal parts of sugar and water.

So our final ingredient is the fresh lime juice, and again about one part fresh lime juice. In this case about half of a fresh lime. We'll use this simple citrus squeezer and squeeze that right into the mixing glass.

Now, while I've been putting these ingredients together, I have the other half of my Boston Shaker well-chilled with ice, and I'm simply going to strain the excess water in the sink so that I have just cold ice, and as you can see from the sweat on the tin a very well chilled tin. We'll combine the ingredients, give it a good tamp down, and then shake it very well. Put some biceps into it. We're going to shake this until it's well-chilled. You know the cocktail is well-chilled when the bottom part of the tin gets a little bit tough to hold because it's so cold. To dislodge, one good tap on the side and the glass can come apart easily from the tin.

Now, to strain and to serve, we'll simple take our cocktail glass, and it's a beautiful color and strain the cocktail and we're just going to have a simple garnish of one thin lime wheel floating on top, just for a wonderful aromatic finish. I’m Allen Katz for

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    Allen Katz Cocktail Expert Allen Katz is the Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine & Sprits of New York and the President of the New York chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. He is Co-Founder and Vice-President of New York Distilling Company. more about this expert »

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