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Cuban-Style Daiquiri

The daiquiri we know today traces back to Cuba circa 1898, and has stuck around the island as an extremely popular drink. Order a daiquiri in Havana today and you’re likely to have a cocktail somewhere between what we know as the Hemingway (with the addition of grapefruit and maraschino liqueur) and a classic. In this version, we use a sparing measure of Luxardo Maraschino—a huge upgrade from what you’ll find in Cuba proper—lending a hint of its complex, bittersweet cherry flavor.

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Cuban-Style Daiquiri
A riff on the classic daiquiri with a touch of cherry liqueur for extra complexity and a bittersweet finish.
makes 1 Cocktail
5 minutes


2 oz. white rum (such as Brugal)
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
12 oz. simple syrup
14 oz. Luxardo maraschino cherry liqueur
1 lime, for garnish
Brandied cherries, for garnish


Combine ingredients in ice-filled shaker; shake. Strain drink into a chilled coupe and garnish with a thin slice of lime and a brandied cherry.

Cuban-style Daiquiri

Matt Taylor-Gross