I was so excited when we got Beachbum Berry's latest book, Potions of the Carribean. So much amazing history and vintage recipes are packed into this book, like the La Florida Daquiri Number 2 that comes from the 1935 Bar La Florida souvenir recipe booklet. Bar La Florida also known as Floridita is a historic bar restaurant in the older part of Havana famous for it's daquiris and was one of Ernest Hemingways favorite hangout spots while in Havana. Most us know daiquiri's as being sugar-filled blender drinks, but this classic cocktail is simple, lightly sweetened and refreshing!
2 oz. Cuban rum*
1/2 oz. Fresh lime juice, hand-squeezed**
1 tsp. Curacao
1 tsp. Orange juice
1 tsp. Sugar
*Cuban rums: Havana Club, Bacardi 1909
**Constante (bartender at Floridita) always hand-squeezed his limes. He wanted the essential oils for the peel to inform the drink. When using a metal squeezer, the oil largely ends up in the metal.
Dissolve sugar in lime juice, then shake everything with ice cubes. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Cheers and enjoy!