4,5 cl White Rum, Cuban
2,5 cl Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
1,5 cl Finest Call Sugar Syrup
This great mixture of rum, lime, and sugar supposedly sprang to life in 1905 with Jennings Cox as its possible inventor. Jennings Cox was an American expatriate who spent many years in Cuba as a mining engineer. He worked for the Spanish-American Iron Company, then situated near the village of Daiquiri, about four miles east of Santiago de Cuba.
The story goes that Cox invented the Daiquiri while entertaining American guests, running short of gin. Wary about serving local rum straight up, Cox added lime juice and sugar to improve the rum’s taste.
The credit given to Cox for inventing the Daiquiri remains disputed. Some sources state that a Cuban engineer named Pagliuchi assisted him, or that the drink had already been a Cuban speciality when Cox came across it.