Ingredients: White rum, fresh squeezed lime juice, sugar
Backstory: By now one of the most oft-bastardized drinks, the original daiquiri didn't come in some Slurpee-like contraption on the back bar. It was said to be invented in the town of Santiago de Cuba by an American during the Spanish-American War. By the early-1900s, it had made its way to America where it became the favorite drink of everyone from JFK to Hemingway (though, the “Hemingway Daiquiri” is now a slightly different variant). It was likewise the favored drink of the late Sasha Petraske, one of the most influential personas in the modern cocktail revival, who helped his patrons learn how this drink should actually be made.
Why it’s a classic: “The Daiquiri is a delicious combination of sweet, sour, and strong. Very easy to make, but just as easy to mess up. This is the ‘Hey chef, make me the perfect omelet’ of the bartender world.”—Laboy
2 oz white rum 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice ¾ oz simple syrup
Combine ingredient in a mixing glass with ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe.