Classic Daiquiri

You’ve likely had a frozen daiquiri before, but the classic daiquiri is best served on the rocks. It’s just as sweet but super easy to make.

Plus, you don’t even need a blender!

Classic Daiquiri cocktails are made using rum, simple syrup, and lime juice. It’s a very quick and easy blend, and it’s easy to modify. Add fruit juice or puree to the mix and it becomes colorful and extra delicious.

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

The classic Daiquiri isn’t anything like the thick and frosty drink you might be used to.

That drink uses lots of ice or frozen fruits to make an ice-cold slushy that’s lightly boozy and pretty sweet.

This version, though, is very light and clean. It calls for just rum, simple syrup, and lime juice.

Like a classic Margarita or Cosmopolitan, it’s best served cold and is quite strong.

Of course, you can always add extra fruit juice or puree to make this fruity and sweet. I like to use mango puree, which you can buy in a can or jar.

Fruit purees will add a big punch of fruit flavor without a ton of sugar. But you can also add fruit juice if that’s all you have. Just be sure to skip the simple syrup, or at least cut the amount in half.

Ingredients in a Classic Daiquiri

Here’s what you’ll need to make a classic daiquiri:

  • White Rum - white rum is brighter and makes this much cleaner. That said, you can use dark rum, too. 
  • Simple Syrup - many cocktails need a touch of sweetness to balance the flavors, and simple syrup is the way to go. That’s because granulated sugar won’t dissolve in the cold mix.
  • Lime Juice - like a good margarita, lime is the key ingredient, so be sure to use fresh juice.
  • Fruit Puree - this is optional, but it’s terrific if you want something fruitier. Just be sure to add a little extra splash of rum.

How To Make a Classic Daiquiri

This recipe is enough for two recipes.


  • 3 ounces of White Rum
  • 1 ounce of Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce of fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 ounces of Fruit Juice or Purée
  • Lime Wedge


  1. Run the lime wedge around the rims of the glasses.
  2. Fill the glasses with ice.
  3. Add the white rum, simple syrup, lime juice, and fruit juice (if using) to a cocktail shaker. 
  4. Fill the shaker with ice and seal shut.
  5. Shake for 20-30 seconds. 
  6. Strain into the glasses.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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