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DAIQUIRIS —

A COCKTAIL BORN IN PARADISE

The Daiquiri is the quintessential rum libation, flavorful and perfectly balanced between sweet and tart. It originated in the Caribbean and eventually its popularity swept across the globe like a blast of good news. Crisp, refreshing and amazingly delicious, the Daiquiri is experiencing a resurgence in the United States that borders on the phenomenal.

This is a trend worth riding. It mirrors the booming popularity of rum, which has quietly become the hottest growth spirits category in the nation. The drink enjoys all of the attributes requisite for longevity. It’s easy to make well and loaded with exotic appeal.  —RP


DAIQUIRIS AT A GLANCE

• DIFFICULTY OF PREPARATION: 4.2 OUT OF 10 — Daiquiris are typically prepared and served in 3 versions, each of which will have a different tastes, consistencies and alcohol potency.

The traditional approach is handshaking the drink and serving it in a chilled cocktail glass. This technique accomplishes several things. It thoroughly mixes the ingredients, properly chills the drink and introduces a modicum of water into the mix. The enhanced production value alone makes the exertion worthwhile.

Another popular way to enjoy a Daiquiri is to shake the cocktail and strain it into an iced tumbler. Add a slice of lime and the drink is done. The third option is to blend the ingredients with ice and serve the drink tall and slushy. Blended Daiquiris are larger drinks with a high-perceived value.

A Daiquiri prepared straight up as a cocktail is the most concentrated version of the drink, while blending it with ice is the most diluted.

[Scale 1– 10: A drink with a value of 5.0 or lower means it’s quickly and easily prepared, while one with a value closer to 10 indicates that several days and an advanced engineering degree are required.]


• UP-SELLING POTENTIAL: 9.7 OUT OF 10 — The Daiquiri is an ideal example of a cocktail with tremendous up-sell potential. Silver or Blanco rums are typically featured in the drink, not because of their lower cost, but to benefit from their robust and vibrant characters. These unaged spirits are exuberant and add vitality to a Daiquiri that more reserved aged rums don’t quite manage.

That having been said, there’s ample motivation to promote specialty Daiquiri made with premium brands of rums. First and foremost there’s the fact that the better the spirit, the better cocktail. Secondly, boosting sales of premium brands makes good business sense. They command higher prices and yield bigger margins.

Indeed, committing premium rum to a Daiquiri isn’t sacrilege it's creative genius.  When setting out to devise a top-shelf Daiquiri choose a recipe that adequately showcases the rum. The recipe should have a minimum of ingredients that may obscure the enhanced quality of the spirit. Also, to best accentuate the flavor of the rum, the cocktail should be served straight up rather than on the rocks or blended.

All things considered, the Daiquiri is an up-sell tour de force.

[Scale 1– 10: A drink with an up-selling potential of 5.0 or higher means it’s a financial thoroughbred, a cocktail tailor-made for top-shelf spirits. A rating below 5 signifies a drink in which the brand of spirits used are of secondary importance compared to the overall effect looking to be achieved.]


• ALCOHOL POTENCY — The potency of a Daiquiri is greatly affected by how it’s prepared and served. A blended Daiquiri has the lowest alcohol potency because of the large amount of ice used in its preparation. On the other end of the spectrum, a Daiquiri served straight up as a cocktail is the most potent. The potency of a Daiquiri served over ice falls between the other two versions. The difference in potency between the versions is attributed to the amount of dilution.

[As a general rule, 1 1/4-ounces of distilled spirits is equal in alcohol to 4-ounces of wine and 10-ounces of beer.]


• PORTIONING CONSIDERATIONS: Daiquiris are typically prepared with no more than 2 ounces of rum and up to 5 ounces of various sour mixes and juice. Proportions typically range between 1 part alcohol to 2-4 parts mix. When devising a Daiquiri, be conservative with the amount of alcohol used. Making the drink stronger then involves no more than a minor flick of the wrist. However, if you use too much alcohol relative to the size of the glass the drink is not as easily fixed.


• SEASONAL ORIENTATION AND TRADE PERIOD — The Daiquiri’s popularity has made it a cocktail worthy of promoting every day of the year. It’s especially true in warmer climes where thirst never takes a holiday. So thumbs up to Daiquiri promotions anytime of year.

As for trade periods, Daiquiris are most frequently ordered beginning around brunch, throughout the afternoon and early evening. The Caribbean-born cocktail seems to shine best until around sun down, right about the time when nightlife-loving cocktails begin taking center stage.


• GLASSWARE OPTIONS — The choice of glassware is an important marketing consideration. Conventional wisdom contends that the better a drink looks and the better people look drinking it, the better the drink will sell. Prove it to yourself. Pour your favorite Daiquiri into a paper cup and a hand-blown cocktail glass and see which your guests prefer. Our money is on the one with the enhanced presentation.

Daiquiris served straight up require a cocktail glass with a minimum of five-ounces in capacity. There are a wide variety of shapes and sizes from which to choose, so pick a style that best epitomizes your cocktail’s personality. Serving the same cocktail on the rocks requires a glass with a minimum capacity of ten-ounces. Here again, there are numerous styles of tumblers and specialty glasses designed for iced cocktails. Choose the one that best showcases your efforts.

The largest selection of specialty glasses is reserved for blended Daiquiris. The possibilities range from Fiesta Grandes, Coupettes and Hurricane glasses to mason jars, wine glasses and beer mugs. If the container is transparent and has a minimum capacity of fourteen-ounces, it’s a candidate. After all, who says you can’t serve frozen Daiquiris in yard glasses?


• ALCOHOL-FREE OPTIONS: 5.4 OUT OF 10 — An enticing alcohol-free Daiquiri is only moments away with a bottle of Finest Call Lime Sour Mix or Sweet & Sour on-hand. The mixes are delicious blended with ice cream, fruit purees or various types of tropical juices. They also pair well with flavored syrups and many of the other prominent drink mixes in the Finest Call portfolio.

[Scale: The rating of 5.4 out of 10 indicates that alcohol-free Daiquiri variations are plentiful and easily crafted.]


CREATING DAIQUIRI MAGIC

No one appreciates the understated beauty of the Daiquiri more than we do. In fact, Finest Call has developed the most delectable, cocktail-centric drink mixes on the planet. They play a pivotal role in enhancing the quality and taste of the Daiquiri and allowing its various ingredients to meld seamlessly into one harmonious thought.

To that end, here’s a quick look at the essential ingredients you’ll need before embarking on a drink-making excursion of the sultry Caribbean.

• FINEST CALL LIME SOUR MIX — A franchise player in the booming cocktail culture, lime sour mix is best known as the traditional undercarriage of the Daiquiri. The key to its palate-pleasing personality is the delicate balance between the fresh citrus and sweetener. FINEST CALL LIME SOUR MIX is bottled in an easily measured concentrated form, which affords the opportunity to control the exact amount of puckery tartness desired in the finished mix.

The indispensable drink mix is a concentrate and requires only the addition of water to be ready for use. Diluting it with equal parts, for example, yields a zesty mix with a lightweight body, brilliant citrusy notes and the sublime taste of one prepared from scratch. All that’s missing is the waste, hassle and expense.

The following Daiquiri recipes are all ready for primetime and feature Finest Call Premium Lime Sour Mix.

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail (1)

Calypso Daiquiri

Citrus Peach Daiquiri

Dahlia Daiquiri Cocktail

Daiquiri Interlude


• FINEST CALL SWEET & SOUR MIX — There are more drinks in the lexicon of American mixology made with a lemon-forward sweet & sour than all other drink mixes combined. FINEST CALL SWEET & SOUR MIX is a blend of all-natural lemon, orange and lime extracts. Sweeteners are added to throttle back some of the citrus exuberance, resulting in a delectably flavorful drink mix.

Its naturally tart character provides the all-important foundation for the following Daiquiri recipes.

Bunch of Berries Daiquiri

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail (2)

Coconut Daiquiri Cocktail

Daiquiri, Blended

Strawberries & Cream Daiquiri


• FINEST CALL PREMIUM LIME JUICE — Bottled lime juice is a “must have” product behind the bar. These bottled wonders are made from concentrated lime juice sweetened for balance and stability. FINEST CALL PREMIUM LIME JUICE is made entirely with Key limes cultivated in premier growing regions in Mexico. Once here, we add natural sweetener, make it shelf stable and send it on its way.

Finest Call Lime Juice is surgically balanced to imbue cocktails with a luscious lime essence without adding unwanted sweetness. It makes a marvelous addition in a Daiquiri as evidenced by thsee recipes.

Bunch of Berries Daiquiri

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail (2)

Coconut Daiquiri Cocktail

Daiquiri, Blended

Fruit Daiquiri, Blended


• FINEST CALL FRUIT PUREES — Created to deliver a concentrated blast of fresh fruit flavor, FINEST CALL FRUIT PUREES are indispensable when preparing creative variations of classic cocktails such as the Daiquiris. Our purees are made entirely with premium varieties of fruit sourced from preeminent growing regions. Exacting specifications are maintained throughout the process to ensure uncompromised quality and that the fruit is at peak ripeness.

The “fresh” movement in mixology is about creating cocktails with vitality and sun-drenched exuberance. Having done nature one better, our shelf-stable fruit purees allow you to fully deliver on the promise of fresh without the attendant hassles. That’s a win-win. Finest Call’s unbeatable range of premium purees includes RASPBERRY, MANGO, STRAWBERRY, BANANA, PEACH and PASSION FRUIT.

The following Daiquiri recipes feature one or more of the Finest Call purees.

Bunch of Berries Daiquiri (Finest Call Strawberry Puree & Raspberry Puree)

Calypso Daiquiri (Finest Call Banana Puree)

Calypso Daiquiri (Finest Call Passion Fruit Puree & Peach Puree)

Daiquiri Interlude (Finest Call Mango Puree)

Fruit Daiquiri, Blended (Any Finest Call Fruit Puree)


• FINEST CALL FLAVORED SYRUPS — Sometimes a splash or two of flavor is all that’s necessary to propel a drink into the extraordinary range. To that end, we’ve created a line of flavored syrups developed specifically for use in cocktails.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration on how to create some Daiquiri magic with flavored syrups, consider the following recipes.

Bunch of Berries Daiquiri (Finest Call Huckleberry Syrup)

Calypso Daiquiri (Finest Call Cherry Syrup)

Citrus Peach Daiquiri (Finest Call Pomegranate Syrup)

Dahlia Daiquiri Cocktail (Finest Call Grenadine)

Daiquiri Interlude (Finest Call Agave Nectar Syrup)

Strawberries & Cream Daiquiri (Finest Call Orgeat Syrup)


FINEST CALL FRESH

Creating a world-class lime sour mix is cause for celebration. The challenge is devising one that tastes delicious and refreshing on its own. Success depends entirely on achieving balance. Add a touch too much sweetness and the mix will be cloying. Back off on the sweetener and you’ll have an acidic, bitter mess.

FINEST CALL LIME SOUR MIX is surgically balanced, light-bodied and loaded with tangy, vibrant flavors. Most importantly, it’s up for the challenge of the taste test. Just add the rum and it should be a smooth, interesting journey from there.

If you have an urge to improve on perfection and have access to some fabulously luscious fruit—be they limes, lemons or oranges—go ahead and squeeze the juice into the sour mix. They’ll be all that much better for it and give your Daiquiri a leg up on the competition.

A few tips about juicing citrus. Room temperature fresh fruit yields more juice than those straight from the walk-in cooler. Make sure to not allow the bitter white pith of the zest from getting into the juice. While pulp in orange or grapefruit juice is a cache of quality, lime and lemon juice needs to be strained before use. Fresh lime juice needs to be refrigerated and won’t keep much more than 24 hours before needing to be discarded.


DAIQUIRI — TIPS FOR PROS

The Daiquiri originated around 1905 in a bar named Venus in Santiago, Cuba, roughly 20 miles from the Daiquiri Iron Mine. It was created by a group of American engineers who originally prepared the drink in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. The process started with a teaspoon of sugar and the juice from two fresh limes. The glass was topped off with 2-3 ounces of light rum. The finishing touch was stirring the concoction with a long handled spoon, a technique referred to as “swizzling or frosting.”

The cocktail’s fame grew from there. The Daiquiri became a phenomenon in the 1920s and ‘30s, especially in Cuba when the island was famous for having the swankest clubs, an international clientele and the most capable bartenders in the world. The Daiquiri was one of the drinks made famous in the works of Ernest Hemingway. Its popularity also received a huge boost when in 1961 it was reported that the Daiquiri was President Kennedy’s favorite cocktail.

The first secret to mastering the Daiquiri is balance. The three elements that need to be in synch are the tartness of the lime juice, the sweetener in the sour mix and the flavor of the featured rum. Err too much in any direction and the cocktail becomes unpalatable. If you make the drink too sweet it will be cloying; too tart and the flavor of the rum will be buried by the acidity and pithy bitterness. While each is unpalatable, perhaps the most objectionable is over portioning the rum in the drink, which will result in an unpleasant and overpowering experience.

One piece of advice before bounding off on your own. In your enthusiasm to create the best and brightest Daiquiris, don’t overlook the original. Few cocktails afford a better opportunity to enjoy a wide array of rums. There’s a reason it’s the original, after all.


• SHAKE OR BLEND? — Isn’t this the age-old question? The age-old answer is let style dictate form. The decision depends entirely on what type of results you’re looking to achieve. If the recipe calls for whole fruit or a puree, then for obvious reasons blending is the preferred method. Blending a Daiquiri will produce a tall and beautiful concoction. Some days there’s nothing more welcoming then the sight of an icy cold frozen fruit Daiquiri.

On the other hand, blending a cocktail with ice might potentially dull the nuances and subtleties that would normally shine through if it had been hand shaken. It’s a technique that assures the ingredients are thoroughly integrated and that the cocktail quickly reaches proper serving temperature.

If you are so inclined, try preparing the same recipe by the two different methods and sample the results side by side. One likely finding will be that the blended drink lacks the brilliance and vibrancy of the hand shaken cocktail. A viable response is to bump up the portion of each ingredient. The thinking being that the diminished flavor is a result of being diluted by the ice, so just use more of everything. If a little is good, a little more is better. Well, just in this case.


• SPIRIT CHOICES — The Daiquiri traditionally is prepared with light rum. Flavorful and crystal clear, it’s a natural in the leading role. The clear advantage of preparing Daiquiris with gold rums is that they look as enticing as they taste. Dark rums contribute a rich amber hue to the cocktail, all without adding excess weight to the drink.

Among the many marketable features of the Daiquiri is its unsurpassed ability to showcase an unlimited variety of premium rums. Change the base rum and much of the character of the cocktail will change as well. The other absolute about the Daiquiri is the better the rum, the better the resulting drink.

In that vein, consider featuring a premium añejo rum in your next specialty Daiquiri. They add layers of irresistible flavors, a dark, wood-induced color and a set of alluring aromas to the cocktail unobtainable in any other way. No two añejo rums are the same. A rum distilled and aged on the island of Barbados, for example, will taste significantly different than one aged on Trinidad, Jamaica or Cuba for the same length of time.

The Daiquiri is a versatile cocktail and one not to be pigeonholed. The cocktail is an excellent vehicle for featuring a spiced rum or nearly any one of the numerous flavored rums on the market. Certainly thought should be given to featuring a premium cachaça in a Daiquiri.


• ADDED FLOURISH— Sure, it’s understandable that you’re eager to present your new specialty Daiquiri to friends, neighbors and guests, but before you do, make sure that it’s appropriately dressed for its public debut. Elaborate fruit garnishes and colorful sugar rims are two ways to add pizzazz.

Dark rums are ideal for drizzling, or floating on top of a Daiquiri. They add a great flavor and greatly enhance the drink’s presentation. Drizzles and floats are especially effective on light-colored, light-flavored drinks.


FINEST CALL DAIQUIRI RECIPES

CLASSIC DAIQUIRI COCKTAIL (1)

Cocktail glass, chilled

Pour into an iced mixing glass

1 1/2 oz. Light Rum

3 oz. Finest Call Lime Sour Mix

Shake and strain

Garnish with a lime wedge


CLASSIC DAIQUIRI COCKTAIL (2)

Cocktail glass, chilled

Pour into an iced mixing glass

1 1/2 oz. Light Rum

1/2 oz. Finest Call Lime Juice

2 1/2 oz. Finest Call Sweet & Sour

Shake and strain

Garnish with a lime wedge


FINEST CALL SIGNATURE DAIQUIRIS

BUNCH OF BERRIES DAIQUIRI

House specialty glass, chilled

Pour into an iced blender canister

1 1/2 oz. Light Rum

2 oz. Finest Call Strawberry Puree

2 oz. Finest Call Raspberry Puree

1/2 oz. Finest Call Lime Juice

2 1/2 oz. Finest Call Sweet & Sour

Blend thoroughly

Float ¾ oz. Finest Call Huckleberry Syrup

Garnish with whipped cream


CALYPSO DAIQUIRI

House specialty glass, chilled

Pour into an iced blender canister

1 1/2 oz. Jamaica Rum

1 oz. Finest Call Banana Puree

1 oz. Finest Call Passion Fruit Puree

3 oz. Finest Call Lime Sour Mix

Blend thoroughly

Float 3/4 oz. Finest Call Cherry Syrup

Garnish with a lime wedge and cherry


CITRUS PEACH DAIQUIRI

House specialty glass, chilled

Pour into an iced blender canister

1 1/2 oz. Citrus Rum

1 oz. Finest Call Peach Puree

2 oz. Finest call Lime Sour Mix

Blend thoroughly

Sink ¾ oz. Finest Call Pomegranate Syrup into bottom of glass

Add blender contents

Garnish with a lime wedge


COCONUT DAIQUIRI COCKTAIL

Cocktail glass, chilled

Pour into an iced mixing glass

1 oz. Light Rum

1 oz. Coconut Rum

1/2 oz. Finest Call Lime Juice

3/4 oz. coconut cream syrup

1 1/2 oz. Finest Call Sweet & Sour

Shake and strain

Garnish with a lime wedge


DAHLIA DAIQUIRI COCKTAIL

Cocktail glass, chilled

Pour into an iced mixing glass

1 1/2 oz. Light Rum

1/2 oz. Finest Call Grenadine

1 oz. grapefruit juice

2 oz. Finest Call Lime Sour Mix

Shake and strain

Garnish with a lime wedge


DAIQUIRI, BLENDED

House specialty glass, chilled

Pour into an iced blender canister

1 1/2 oz. Light Rum

1/2 oz. Finest Call Lime Juice

4 1/2 oz. Finest Call Sweet & Sour

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with a lime wedge


DAIQUIRI INTERLUDE

Cocktail glass, chilled

Pour into an iced mixing glass

1 1/2 oz. Dark Rum

3/4 oz. Finest Call Agave Nectar Syrup

3/4 oz. Finest Call Lime Sour Mix

1 oz. Finest Call Mango Puree

Shake and strain

Garnish with a lime wedge


FRUIT DAIQUIRI, BLENDED

House specialty glass, chilled

Pour into an iced blender canister

1 1/2 oz. Light Rum

1/2 oz. Finest Call Lime Juice

4 1/2 oz. Finest Call Fruit* Puree

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with a lime wedge

NOTE: Flavors include Banana, Mango, Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Strawberry


STRAWBERRIES & CREAM DAIQUIRI

House specialty glass, chilled

Pour into an iced blender canister

1 oz. Light Rum

1 oz. Gold Rum

3/4 oz. Finest Call Orgeat Syrup

1 1/2 oz. Finest Call Strawberry Puree

1 oz. half & half

1 oz. Finest Call Sweet & Sour

Shake and strain

Garnish with whipped cream drizzled with Finest Call Grenadine

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