Liquor In The Expectations: This Is What a Daiquiri Looks Like


Okay, I know, I know, it’s September. But global climate change has all but ensured that we will have the hottest September on record. Aside from actively changing everything about our personal lifestyles and the way we conceptualize food systems and cities and industry (all of which we should absolutely do), the only other thing to do is drink daiquiris. Daiquiris? Yes! I don’t think that word means what you think it means. Most people, when I say daiquiri, are going to picture the following cruise ship monstrosity:


I say nay. Nay to that. It is a drink, but it is not a daiquiri. First off, a daiquiri need not be frozen. It’s like a margarita that way — sometimes they’re frozen, sometimes they’re not. But it also need not be this complicated, nor is it basically a dessert. A daiquiri in its purest, simplest form out in the wild has only three ingredients: white rum, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. And it utilizes my favorite, easy-to-remember ratio (1.5:1:0.5) Here’s how you make it.

Jeeves halped me research.

Jeeves halped me research.

Make your simple syrup — equal parts sugar and water. I’m doing 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar because I don’t need more than half a cup of simple syrup at a time. Put the sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved, then take the pan off the heat and let it cool. I keep simple syrup in a jam jar in the fridge for surprise visitors that require surprise daiquiris.

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Bertie is halping.

Chill your glass using ice before you begin. I’m using a martini glass, but a coup would also do really nicely.

Fill your shaker half with ice. Dump 1.5 oz of white rum in there. I’m using Brugal.

Cut limes length-wise!

Cut limes lengthwise!

Juice one lime if you’re mixing just one — you might need more if you’re mixing for a group. Remember to cut the lime lengthwise to get the most juice possible out of it. Add 1 oz lime juice.

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Time to get that simple syrup back out. Add 0.5 oz of simple syrup to your shaker. Shake until it’s good and cold — that’ll be in the realm of 20 or 30 seconds. Remember, whenever you shake, make sure no one and nothing that you love is behind you. Shit happens.

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Dump the ice out of the martini glass and strain the daiquiri in. Grab another lime and cut a coin to garnish. Enjoy while making a plan to solve climate change.

That's a card from my sister next to my daiquiri!

That’s a card from my sister next to my daiquiri!

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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

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  1. Daiquiris are SOOO good, I first fell in love with them in Puerto Rico and when I ask for them anywhere else, people want to give me a blended drink with strawberries. I want the lime! The sugar! The rum!

    I doubt there is any better drink on a hot day. MMMMMmmmmm.

    Thanks for this beautiful article. <3

  2. why don’t they call it a 3:2:1 ratio. Do people confuse it with a 3:1 ratio when they say it out loud. Lol.

    This daiquiri looks delicious!

  3. Yes to a real daiquiri! And your book pile looks great too! I just finished the first Ferrante novel, and am taking a breather before the next.

  4. Daiquiris! If you want to be moderately more difficult and get a great texture,use a tablespoon of powdered sugar with about 3/4-1oz of lime juice and about 2oz or white rum. Super yum. Ferrante is on my to-read list, also!

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