The El Floridita Daiquiri

El Floridita Daiquiri
Photo by Meg Baggott

Courtesy Manuel Carbajo Aguiar, cantinero, El Floridita, Havana

Compared to a traditional daiquiri, which would be strained into coupe glasses or served on the rocks, this slushy version is a refreshing change of pace. In general, cocktails in Cuba are less sweet than American-style drinks. You can add another half-tablespoon of sugar, if you prefer.

  • 1 teaspoon Demerara sugar
  • 1½ ounces white rum, like Havana Club 3 year
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ⅓ teaspoon maraschino liqueur
  • 1 cup ice

Add all ingredients into a blender. Run for about 1 minute, or until slushy. Pour into martini glass. Serve with a straw.

Published on July 18, 2016
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