July 19, 2012

National Daiquiri Day


“Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

It's National Daiquiri Day!

Daiquiri in a bag?

You betcha.

Unfortunately, it was cloyingly sweet and very alcoholy tasting without the benefits (the ABV isn't much higher than that of a beer). It also had the consistency of partially melted freeze pops. Blech. But, what should I expect for an adult beverage that cost me $2.08?

Real daiquiri's were supposedly created by Jennings Stockton Cox, an American mining engineer who formulated the drink sometime around 1898 after he had run out of gin at a bar in Santiago, Cuba. The drink originally consisted of white rum, lime juice, and sugar.

Oh, wait... or was the first daiquiri really instigated by Ernest Hemingway and created by bartender Constantino Ribalaigua at El Floridita in Havana, Cuba sometime in the 1940's?

Didn't we just go through this contradiction of "who created it first?" with the pina colada last week? Why do all these mixed drink food holidays have such hazy histories? My guess is because everyone who could remember how they were made were drunky-drunk-pants.

And now you're all the wiser, lushes foodies.

Happy National Daiquiri Day!