If you’re a fan of this holiday column, you know there is a holiday for just about every occasion under the sun. According to a Huffington Post article published on July 18, a refreshing holiday is hours away and Americans are ready to celebrate! Observed smack dab in the middle of summer, this annual beverage holiday celebrates a refreshing cocktail that is sure to whet your whistle during the dog days of summer. Hip hip hooray - July 19, 2014, is National Daiquiri Day in the U.S.A.
While the origins are unknown, legend has it that that American mining engineer, Jennings Stockton Cox, "invented" the rum-based drink in 1898 in a town called Daiquiri in Cuba and folks have been sippin’ on the delightful concoction ever since. Rumored to be Ernest Hemingway’s drink of choice and a favorite of President John F. Kennedy, daiquiris continue to be the cocktail of choice for many. Whether you prefer yours frozen, on the rocks, shaken or stirred, today’s daiquiris are available in all sorts of fabulous flavors.
Delicious Daiquiri Recipes
Hemingway Daiquiri – When it comes to a classic daiquiri, why not go for one of the very best? This delicious drink calls for white rum, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, lime, maraschino liqueur and ice. Shake, strained into a chilled glass, add lime wedge and enjoy!
Fireworks Red, White & Blue Daiquiri – Perfect for Independence Day, Labor Day or Memorial Day, these pretty red, white and blue cocktails are perfect summertime drinks! You’ll need ice, blue passion fruit liqueur, fresh lime juice, white rum, sugar, blue curacao, strawberries, watermelon and coconut sorbet.
Mango Daiquiri – If you love mango, go grab your glass. This cocktail, from Clinton Kelly, is sure to tickle your fancy bone. You’ll need light rum, triple sec, lime juice, mango, lime and ice for this refreshing beverage.
Strawberry Coconut Daiquiri – If you can’t make it to a tropical island, a sip of this drink is almost like being there! This recipe, from Eating Well, calls for coconut-flavored rum, lime juice, sugar, strawberries and ice.
Freezer Lime Daiquiris – If you prefer tart, get ready to pucker up. This recipe calls for frozen limeade, frozen lemonade concentrate, rum, lime slices, maraschino cherries and sweetened reconstituted lime juice.
As always, please drink responsibly.