the perfect daiquiri

Okay it’s that time of the year! Send me your jaded, overly sweet, perfectly horrid drinks! I shall receive you, o huddled masses, hiding from the ministrations of a bartender that believes wielding a bottle opener is sufficient qualifications for their job!
This is a real drink for people who still have taste buds. A real daiquiri with none of that nasty chemical taste you get from mixes. Hell, it’s probably good for you having even roughage and Vit C in it. (and roughly 120 calories)


  • One fresh lime half, juiced.
  • 2 oz / 50ml white rum
  • 1 tbsp / 15 ml fresh grapefruit juice (okay, use unsweetened frozen if you must, but no screwing around on the lime!)
  • if possible add 1/2 tsp / 5 ml of orange bitters or best of all, the Magic Elixir: Luxardo Maraschino Originale.
  • 1 tbsp / 15 ml sugar, or honey (the latter dissolves slightly better)

Shake over half a dozen cubes – and you only need about ten shakes.
maraschino postcardLuxardo Maraschino Originale has nothing in common with the nuclear red stuff in the fridge, apparently manufactured back when shoe stores xrayed your feet to size them. (That ‘maraschino cherry’ juice has a lot to answer for. More sinagpore slings have been ruined by it than I care to think about.) It is quite bitter, and adds a tremendous bouquet and complexity to just about any cocktail.


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