Daiquiri Comparison

The weather is very warm here in Seattle which makes it perfect for sipping a delicious daiquiri. We like daiquiris here at Booze Nerds 🙂 The daiquiri is classic, and a fairly simple drink, only three ingredients.  Despite that, there are a lot of recipes out there, and the proportions of the ingredients can make a big difference in how the drink actually tastes. This is one of those things that fascinates us as Booze Nerds. 🙂 So we decided to try several different recipes side by side to see how they compared flavor-wise.

Over the years we’ve collected several recipes from various sources, and the following three are our main go-to ones. For all three we used the Matusalem Platino as it’s a very nice, relatively neutral rum. If we had wanted to really control this experiment we would have juiced all of the limes together and mixed them to control for the acidity, but we didn’t think of that until mixing was underway. Perhaps another day 🙂


Milk & Honey Daiquiri

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Nose: Lime & sugar
  • Palate: A little less sweet than the Pegu Club recipe. Smooth, with good perfume notes from the lime. Brighter all the way around. Rum notes throughout but well-integrated. Bitterness from the lime peel at the back of the palate.

Pegu Club Daiquiri

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Nose: Lime
  • Palate: Smooth intro, more rounded mouth feel, quite sweet. More integrated and balanced than the Classic, less so than the Milk & Honey. Sweet, then rum, then some lime on the finish but muted.

Ribalaigua Classic

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Nose: rum with a hint of cane vegetalness, lime.
  • Palate: Very spirit forward, you taste mainly the rum with just enough sugar and lime to take the edge off the alcohol. Lime and rum sweetness, then an alcohol bite at the mid-palate. Tartness from the lime at the back of the palate. Directly compared to the other two, the rum is very forward. Would probably pair better with food, as it has enough going on without being overwhelming. Something Cuban maybe, like roasted pork and rice and beans. Would be a good choice for a very unique or agressive rum that you wanted to showcase.

As you can see, each recipe brings something unique to the party. We liked the Milk & Honey best for a “general purpose”  daiquiri, nicely balanced between sweet and acidic. The Pegu Club would be a good choice for those who prefer sweeter drinks. The Classic would work well with food, or to showcase a strongly flavored rum.

We hope you take moment on the next warm afternoon to savor this classic cocktail. You can take advantage of its wonderful flexibility to choose the recipe most appropriate for your occasion. Cheers!

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