Navy Strength Daiquiri

A couple dashes of absinthe transform the traditional daiquiri into a drink with subtle herbal notes flickering among delicious sweet-tart flavors
Photo by Meg Baggott

Courtesy Chris Elford, Navy Strength, Seattle

The signature drink of Navy Strength, the streamlined tiki-modern spot from the proprietors of beloved Seattle cocktail lounge Rob Roy, is a classic daiquiri at heart.

Yet, the addition of one ingredient, absinthe, transforms the drink entirely. Subtle herbal notes from the spirit flicker around the edges of the familiar sweet-tart cocktail, which lead you from sip to sip. Before you know it, the glass is empty.

The Story (and Recipe) Behind the Hemingway Daiquiri

Green Juice

This liqueur channels anise, licorice, fennel, mint and other herbaceous flavors. Too strong to sip straight, absinthe is usually diluted with water, a process called louching. It tames the alcohol and gives the drink a gorgeous pearly sheen. In cocktails like the Navy Strength Daiquiri, it’s used sparingly, either dashed into the shaker or used to rinse a glass for a fleeting note of anise.

Here are five to try. The prices may seem steep, but even a small bottle will last a long time.

Brevans H.R. Giger ($80/500 ml)
Butterfly Classic Absinthe ($85)
Lucid Absinthe Superieure ($60)
Pernod Absinthe Superieure ($70)
Sirene Absinthe Verte ($60)

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces Banks 5 Island Rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce Demerara syrup*
  • 2 dashes absinthe
  • Lime wheel (for garnish)
Directions

In cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice. Shake well, and strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

*To make Demerara syrup, mix 1 part hot water with 1 part Demerara sugar. Stir until sugar completely dissolves. Cool to room temperature.

Published on February 10, 2018
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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