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Celebrate National Daiquiri Day by enjoying a rum-based cocktail

One of the first cocktails most people drink is a daiquiri. That's because it's a mild and easy to swallow cocktail for first-time drinkers. July 19 is National Daiquiri Day, a day to celebrate this rum-based cocktail that was invented by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox. Legend has it that Cox created the first daiquiri in the early 1900s after he ran out of gin at a small bar in Santiago, Cuba.

The original daiquiri recipe called for only three ingredients: white rum, lime juice, and sugar. According to another legend, Ernest Hemingway inspired the creation of the frozen variety at El Floridita in Havana in the 1940s. The bartender’s name was Constantino Ribalaigua, and he is often considered the true creator of the daiquiri. Today, there are dozens of daiquiri flavors and varieties that are available for those who want to experiment with the different kinds of daiquiris.

Originally the daiquiri was served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of white rum completed the mixture. The glass was then frosted by stirring with a long-handled spoon. Later the daiquiri evolved to be mixed in a shaker with the same ingredients but with shaved ice. After a thorough shaking, it was poured into a chilled flute glass.

To celebrate National Daiquiri Day, make a round of daiquiris for yourself and your friends. There are frozen daiquiri mix in the grocery store. Share these delicious cocktails with your family and friends. If you don't want to make daiquiris at home, head out to your favorite restaurant or your local bar.