Last edited on July 22, 2023

The Classic Daiquiri is a simple, yet delicious, combination of white rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. The balance of sweet and sour, along with the smoothness of the rum, makes a refreshing and delightful drink.

This is a great base for your creativity, inspiring many flavor variations such as the Strawberry Daiquiri, but I'm going to show you how to make the traditional Daiquiri today.

classic daiquiri cocktail with lime garnish in cocktail glass, in a bar


  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • ¾ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Lime Wheel (garnish)


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour the Rum, Lime Juice, and Simple Syrup into the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  5. (Optional) Garnish with a Lime Wheel.
  6. Enjoy!

Tips For Making A Classic Daiquiri

  • Demerara simple syrup was traditionally used in Cuba, where this drink originated. This makes it richer, and a bit smoother, so try it out if you have any!

  • To make simple syrup yourself, boil and mix water and sugar in a 1:1 ratio.

  • This drink isn't served with ice, so it's best to chill your glass before preparing.

  • As always, fresh lime juice is far better than store-bought, because it keeps its natural acidity and flavor much better.

What's A Classic Daiquiri Made Of?

The Classic Daiquiri recipe consists of just 3 ingredients:

  • White Rum, such as Bacardi
  • Lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Simple syrup

Classic Daiquiri Garnishes

Traditionally, the Daiquiri doesn't have a garnish. If you wanted to use one, like we have in this recipe, the go-to is lime, either in the form of a lime wheel or lime twist.

Best Rum For A Classic Daiquiri

White or light rum is used in a Classic Daiquiri. This is a clear liquor, with slightly sweet flavor. It allows the flavor of the lime juice and simple syrup to shine through. In my experience, the best brands are Bacardi, and Plantation 3 Stars.