Santiago-Style Daiquiri

Santiago-Style Daiquiri

These days the standard daiquiri is made with simple syrup and lime juice, and is often served blended. But in its original incarnation, in late-19th-century Santiago de Cuba, bartenders made it with granulated sugar; either lemon or lime juice; and crushed ice. That's still how many people in Santiago prefer it, and how Eduardo Corona makes it at El Traguito — though the maraschino liqueur, more typical of daiquiris in Havana, is a recognition that sometimes even a classic can be improved.
  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    In a cocktail shaker filled with 1 cup crushed ice, combine the sugar, lemon or lime juice, rum and maraschino, if using. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the lemon slice.