Published on July 31st, 2012 | by Dipsology


Daiquiris in New York

As Jeffrey Morgenthaler (bartender extraordinaire from Portland, OR) explains in his fantastic short film “How to Not Fuck Up a Daiquiri”, it is one of the greatest drinks of all time.  And no, it is not frozen and it does not come in flavors like Strawberry-Banana or Mango-Pineapple – at least not when done properly.  Popularized at La Floridita bar in Cuba, the classic is made with rum, lime and simple syrup.  That’s it.  There are also a few classic variations, such as the Hemingway Daiquiri #3, which includes grapefruit and maraschino, or the Daiquiri #2 with orange juice and Curaçao.

July 19th was National Daiquiri Day (all in favor of making this a National Holiday, voice your opinion in our comments below), so we’ve put together a little list to help you navigate your local bar scene and find one near you.  Because we think Daiquiris are too good to drink but once a year.

You can also check out our handy Foursquare Daiquiri Map here.

Enjoy an entire array of flavors at:

Dram (Williamsburg): where they have the classic, the Hemingway and the Boukman, which adds cognac and cinnamon.

Cienfuegos (East Village): only fitting given the cocktail’s, and this bar’s, Cuban roots – they devote an entire section of the menu to the drink, including originals like the Dew Drop Inn, with honeydew melon and mint, and the Madder Rose, with rose petal-infused rum, Aperol and grapefruit.

Get the classics at:

Brandy Library (Tribeca) or Dutch Kills (Long Island City)

Or try these twists:

The Hemingway with maraschino and grapefruit at Employees Only (West Village) or Minetta Tavern (West Village)

Bangkok Daiquiri with rum, lime and Thai basil at Booker and Dax (East Village)

Lin Baba Daiquiri with Scarlet Ibis, Appleton V/X, Lime Juice, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Syrup, Orgeat, Green Curry Leaves at Death & Co. (East Village)

Sage Daiquiri with Anejo Rum, maraschino liqueur, lime juice and pineapple at Freemans (Lower East Side)

Chinatown Daiquiri with aged rum, muddled strawberries, ginger, honey, lime juice and sriracha at Monkey Bar (Midtown)

Garden Daiquiri with Denizen rum, benedictine, lime, spring herbs and cucumber at Saxon + Parole (East Village)


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