My mother always told me the daiquiri was the classic ladylike drink for summer.
I took that to heart, and for years the daiquiri was my favorite summer drink. It fell out of fashion for a year or so when I favored rum and coke and receded some years later when I discovered sangria.
But like an old friend, the daiquiri keeps coming back and no birthday is complete for me without a daiquiri.
Only I've found the classic daiquiri is getting hard to find. These days when you order one, you are generally asked what flavor.
Classic, please, I respond. The bartender stares at me.
"I want a plain daiquiri. You know, one made with lime," I say.
The bartender consults with a coworker and eventually I get something approximating a classic daiquiri. Often it misses the mark.
The Purist's Daiquiri
• 1 1/2 oz light rum
• Juice of 1/2 lime
• 1 tsp powdered sugar
Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain. Pour.
It doesn't get any easier.
Yeas ago, a boyfriend asked me if I wanted a banana daiquiri. No thanks, I said. I tried a strawberry daiquiri once. Never again.
Thank goodness I married a purist.