Happy National Daiquiri Day: 4 Bars to Drink One of Hemingway's Favorites
It can't be coincidence that National Daiquiri Day comes only two days before Ernest Hemingway's July 21st birthday. While many drinks have been linked to famous names, probably none is more iconic than Hemingway and his daiquiri. At its heart, the daiquiri is of the "sour" class of cocktails, blending a spirit -- in this case rum -- with sugar and lime. The combination is deceptively simple; the result sublime. Few other drinks invigorate the body and spirit in the sultry heat of summer as well as a daiquiri and, since today is National Daiquiri Day, there is no better reason to seek out the cocktail in all its sweetly sour permutations.
Soho House Soho House Daiquiri
While Hemingway raised its popular profile, the drink had been around since 1896 when an American engineer named Jennings Cox improvised a citrusy rum-based concoction of rum, sugar and lime, shook it vigorously, and dubbed it a daiquiri after the mining town in which he worked. Another version of the tale credits military man William Shafter with adding ice to the shaker, which gave the drink its frosty chill.
The daiquiri might well have stayed put in the town of the same name if a little event called Prohibition hadn't occurred. America might have been dry, but, Hail Mary, Cuba wasn't. In fact, Cuba was a little bit like Paris West with its swanky nightclubs and sensual vibe; American jet-setters quickly made a beeline to the island for their infamous booze binges. And whose rum were the Cuban bartenders pouring? A fellow named Facundo Bacardi, that's who. Bacardi changed the pungent, funky face of the era's impure rum by filtering it into a lighter, smoother product. And it was this rum that made the early daiquiris so desirable and so different from any rum drink before them.
In the modern era, daiquiris are made with light and dark rums in a myriad of variations using alternative fruits and liqueurs. They are still, at heart, all sours. While the Hemingway Daiquiri may be one of the most famous, herewith is a list of some spots where Papa would have felt at home, sipping the drink that he helped enshrine in cocktail legend.
4. Caña Rum Bar
L J Solmonson Gypsy Cab Cana Rum Bar
Riffing on the classic daiquiri recipe, bartender Erbin Garcia has taken the rum-sugar-lime motif and turned it inside out, yet remained true to the drink's soul. Plantation Three Star rum is infused subtly with cantaloupe which blends seamlessly with Crème de Peche and lemon (used instead of the standard lime). Dear Ernest might do a double take on this one, but it would perhaps appeal to his diabetic constitution as it has no added sugar. Lucky for us, you'd never know it. 714 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; 213-745-7090.