Classic Rum Daiquiri: No blender required!

Classic Rum Daiquiri: No blender required!

What do you think of when you hear the word “daiquiri”? Is it a sweet blended drink, possibly bright pink, with an umbrella garnish? That’s what I thought too, but as it turns out, a classic rum daiquiri is a very simple drink. In fact, it’s a lot like a margarita, my absolute favorite cocktail. This classic recipe balances sweet, tart, and rum flavors into one tasty beverage. I have actually been wanting to share a daiquiri recipe for a Friday Happy Hour post for a while now, but other ideas kept shoving their way to the front of the line. As luck would have it, I was recently contacted by Real McCoy Spirits and offered a bottle of their premium sipping rum to sample. Never one to turn down booze (that’s just plain rude, right?), I eagerly accepted their generous offer. Since the rum really shines in this daiquiri recipe, it was made for an award-winning spirit like this one. The Real McCoy didn’t disappoint, making for a smooth and very drinkable daiquiri.

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Classic Rum Daiquiri: No blender required!

Classic Rum Daiquiri: No blender required!

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A classic daiquiri is nothing more than rum, lime juice, and sugar perfectly balanced in this tasty cocktail.

  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


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  1. 1 1/2 oz. premium rum like The Real McCoy
  2. 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  3. 1 tbsp. simple syrup see notes for instructions


  1. Fill a small rocks glass with ice, and place in freezer to chill.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes, and shake well.
  3. Strain mixed cocktail over ice in chilled glass an enjoy. (Alternatively, you can strain this into a chilled martini glass without the ice if you prefer.)


To make simple syrup: Combine 2 parts sugar to 1 part water (for example, 1/2 c. sugar and 1/4 c. water) in a microwavable glass measuring cup. Heat for 1-2 minutes, and stir until sugar is dissolved completely. Set aside to cool before using. (Simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for about two weeks.)

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Category: Cocktail
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


11 years ago

Funny thing, Andi. Had friends over Friday night for a tiki-themed dinner and made rum punch. Which happens to contain rum, lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, and seltzer!!!! Pretty much same ratio of rum to lime juice to syrup. Wild. I do want to make yours, though. Why not, have all the ingredients.

Like the variety in your happy hours :-)

11 years ago

Yes, you should definitely try it since you have everything on hand anyway. Funny that we both had rum on the brain Friday night ;)

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