Key Lime Daiquiri. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.


On annual vacay visiting Mom and trying, trying to take it easy before Egg promotional travels begin in April, thus this repost and old photo by my beloved (who’s currently lounging poolside). I’m posting the daiquiri because that’s what I love to drink when in Palm Beach, the place where I met Donna. Always a kind of anniversary for us when we’re here. This is a fabulous, simple elixir. One sip should make you want to strangle the person who invented the “frozen daiquiri.” What a travesty those slushy drinks are, further emblems of American idiocy. Hoping you’ll try this genuine cocktail (lime juice is perfect if you don’t have access to Key limes).

Happy Friday all!

Originally Posted February 1, 2013 

This blast of arctic air and wind and snow and gray has me longing for the lovely afternoons and evenings of the Key West I left a week ago. Nine full days there, writing, cooking, carousing with the sailing droogs. Sigh. So, to cheer myself, I made some Key Lime Daiquiris—proper daiquiris, with nothing but rum, citrus, and simple syrup. The frozen daiquiri and the frozen margarita are yet more travesties America has made of previously fine libations. I think I was in my thirties when I learned that a daiquiri wasn’t a slushie with alcohol.

So I fight off these, the worst weeks of the year, with memories of Key West, rum, and Key limes (and thanks to you, Rob and Ab!). Yes, that’s blue Ohio winter in the background of Donna’s shot, but I love how it recalls the warm blue water of the Florida Keys.

Happy Friday, all.

Key Lime Daiquiri

  • 60 grams light rum (2 ounces)
  • 30 grams Key lime juice (1 ounce, about 5 Key limes)
  • 30 grams simple syrup (1 ounce; 1:1 sugar to water by weight)
  • 1/4 Key lime for garnish
  1. Combine rum, lime juice, and simple syrup in shaker, fill with ice, stir for 90 seconds, and strain into a frozen glass.
  2. Garnish with Key lime.
  3. Sit back and imagine summer; it will be here before you know it.

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16 Wonderful responses to “Friday Cocktail Hour: Key Lime Daiquiri Revisited”

  • Allen

    I am going to mention a new drink, the White Negroni.
    Sounded strange, and I don’t like to mess up a good thing, but I tried it and loved it.

    It’s like Campari, but with a hint of lemon instead of orange, and it has scary unnatural color like Campari, fake yellow instead of Campari fake red, like Roses Grenadine dye, but very delicious.

    Here’s a list of a few recipes using Suze liqueur. The White Negroni and La Fin Du Mont were my favorites:

    Cheers, happy first Spring Friday all!

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  • Tags

    Sure, frozen daiquiris are a travesty, but nobody says you can’t put some rum in the freezer before you make a classic one. I keep an old rum pint bottle in the freezer for whatever ardent spirit happens to be on hand when it goes empty.

  • Paulius Nasvytis

    This cocktail also benefits with the addition of an egg white. Not entirely traditional, but the neutral protein gives it a smoothness. Give it a shot!

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  • Susan

    After the gimlet, the daiquiri was the second cocktail I learned to make. You are right, it’s the perfect preview of summer. I have to admit, when the heat of summer arrives, idiocy descends and I make them slushy. So what?

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  • Victoria

    I have friends in WPB and get to visit, which is wonderful when NYC and Upstate NY are frigid. I usually drink Plymouth G&T’s while there. Next time I will try this.

  • E. Jay

    First of all who in God’s name is going to stir anything for a minute and a half? Your adding juice to a liquor, this is when you shake and double strain.

    Secindly, Brugal Extra Dry Rum is quite possibly the worst rum to make a “classic” daiquiri with.

    The classic daiquiri is printed in a million different books and this one is wrong in so many accounts on top of the fact that limes cost an all time high right now.

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