Finding the Perfect Rum for the Perfect Daiquiri

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Plantation Rum 3 Stars Daiquiri at Oak and AlleyI’ve been getting into daiquiris lately, even as my gin obsession slowly nudges vodka out of the frame as my spirit of choice when I’m out and about. Avoiding rum as a beach bar/Caribbean blogger is impossible so while gin and vodka continue to battle it out for supremacy amongst my taste buds, I’ll sit back, relax and try to find the best rum possible to go with my latest cocktail compulsion – daiquiris.

When I say daiquiri, I don’t mean the frozen fruity ones that come in all the different shades of the rainbow. I’m talking about the ones made from scratch with rum, lime and sugar – the way they were meant to be enjoyed. I’ve found a pretty good one at my favorite local bar and it’s become my go to drink. I can’t remember what rum they normally use but I always request Plantation 3 Stars simply because it’s my favorite rum and that would lead me to believe that it would be the best suited expression for my personal taste.

Michael Dietsch, in an article for Serious Eats, states that the type of rum used in a daiquiri can affect its taste tremendously.

“Does the rum you use in a daiquiri change the drink’s flavor? You bet.

A great daiquiri should marry the rum and lime flavors, without either flavor overpowering the other. A citrusy-tasting rum can be delicious, but in a daiquiri, it can leave you with a drink that’s overwhelmed by lime flavors. We love a rich and funky rum, but in a daiquiri, the lime can collapse under that weight.”

He also goes on to say that “a drink recipe is not one size fits all. You really need to adjust the quantities of ingredients depending on what spirits or liqueurs you’re using.” If you’re using a more sugary rum, you’ll want to adjust the amount of sugar you add to your drink so the sweetness doesn’t overwhelm the palate.

Plantation Rums at Miami Rum Fest.

What is your favorite daiquiri recipe? Do you have a preferred rum that you use? Let me know in the comments and I’ll give them a try this weekend. There are worse ways to spend your time than testing daiquiri recipes, don’t you think?

Author: Tom W.

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  1. I am have been a Rum Connoisseur for more years than I can remember. Ha! I recently was on holiday in Florida and visited a great distillery in Cape Coral called Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery. We did not know Florida grows a lot of the Sugar for the US and this sugar is shipped all over the world. Well these folks thought, we have some of the best sugar and local fruits in the world – let’s make a great Rum.
    The tour for the Distillery was in-depth an fun. They served a great cocktail Wicked Dolphin Punch which was one of the best. We bought a few bottles and experimented with a recipe found on there website – It was the best Daiquiri I ever had. I made it with a Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum!

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    • Thanks for the info, Ian. I’ll have to check out their rum!

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