Papa Hemingway had it right- a perfect lime daiquiri should have little sugar, but taste like the sea and nothing of the rum. He described his preferred concoction as it should “Looks like the sea where the waves fall away from the bow of the ship when she is doing thirty knots.”
I love this description. I can just picture frothy waves when boating and the taste of salt on your lips tinged with sharp lime juice and sweet rum. That’s a drink I want to have on a hot afternoon.
To honor the classic classic I began by removing the sickly sweet, syrupy, limeade taste and added in loads of sharp lime juice, a hint of pink Himalayan salt, white rum and a touch of a mint infused simple syrup. Just keep a jar of simple syrup in your fridge for the next few weeks- we’re going to use it -a lot.
Shake well and serve in a small glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime slice or a marachino cherry. Simple, so simple.
Classic Lime Daiquiri
2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz white or light rum
1/2 oz mint infused simple syrup
Himalayan sea salt- a pinch
Lime for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine lime juice, rum, salt and simple syrup. Shake until cold.
Pour into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of lime.