2 fluid ounces of a Spanish-style light rum
(recommended: Havana Club 3 Años of Cuba¹)
1 fluid ounce of fresh lime juice
⅓ fluid ounce (2 teaspoons) of demerara gum syrup or 2 teaspoons (8 grams) of demerara sugar
(pictured: Liber & Co. Demerara Gum Syrup)
Make sure the lime juice is well-strained. If using sugar rather than syrup, muddle with the lime juice until dissolved. Shake all of the ingredients with ice and double strain into a frozen cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel, if desired.
Serve in a highball or collins glass and top with sparkling water or soda water in an approximate 1∶1 ratio, or to taste. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Replace the demerara gum syrup with ½ fluid ounce of pomegranate grenadine and use Bacardi Superior rum.
Ernest Hemingway enjoyed Daiquiris with rum, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, and maraschino liqueur (and no added sugar). Since this is not a very enjoyable drink for most people, there is no fixed style of Hemingway Special recommended, but any Daiquiri using a mix of grapefruit and lime and a touch of maraschino liqueur can fall under the umbrella of Hemingway Special variations.
Trader Vic perfected this tiki version of the Daiquiri by replacing the sweet component of sugar with spicier tiki ingredients. Switch the Spanish-style rum to an aged Bajan rum, reduce the lime juice to ¾ fluid ounce, and replace the syrup (or sugar) with ½ fluid ounce of falernum and ¼ fluid ounce of orange curaçao.
Donn Beach created this tiki version of the Daiquiri by splitting the sweetener with falernum. Reduce the Spanish-style rum to 1½ fluid ounces and split 2∶1 between gold and light. Reduce the lime juice to ½ fluid ounce. Reduce the syrup to ¼ fluid ounce (1½ teaspoons) and add the same amount of falernum. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Another tiki twist on the Daiquiri (or perhaps the Bacardi Cocktail). Use a 1∶1 split of dark Demerara rum and Spanish-style gold rum. Replace the demerara gum syrup with 1 fluid ounce of pomegranate grenadine. Serve on the rocks in a larger-sized lowball glass or double old fashioned glass, with the ice used to shake the drink.
Yet another tiki twist on the Daiquiri. Switch the Spanish-style rum to an aged rhum agricole, reduce the lime juice to ¾ fluid ounce, and replace the syrup (or sugar) with 1½ fluid ounces of Don’s mix. Serve on the rocks in a larger-sized lowball glass or double old fashioned glass, with the ice used to shake the drink.
Replace the rum with cachaça. Build in the lowball glass it will be served in. Rather than use lime juice, quarter a lime and muddle it with the sugar or syrup, prior to adding the cachaça. Add the cachaça, stir with ice, and serve.
If you are unable to acquire Havana Club rum, a good substitute is Flor de Caña 4 Extra Seco of Nicaragua.