The invention of the daiquiri is attributed to Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer who was stationed at the Daiquiri Iron Mines, near Santiago de Cuba, in the late 1890s. It was at El Floridita, in Havana, however, that this refreshing but potent drink first won international acclaim.
To make this drink the traditional way, put the rum, lime juice, sugar, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until frothy. Another, more contemporary option is to put all the ingredients except the mint in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth and frothy. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with mint.
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