How to Make a Daiquiri Cocktail

Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor Restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to prepare a variation on the classic Daiquiri cocktail.

Released on 11/11/2008

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

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(calm ambient music)
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Hi, this is Eben Freeman at Tailor Restaurant
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in New York City.
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Gonna make a daiquiri.
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Daiquiri is a drink that has a long history associated
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with Cuba.
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There's also a lot of different variations of the daiquiri.
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Ernest Hemingway had maybe four or five different ways
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that he liked to drink it at different bars,
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and really, over time, it became a frozen drink
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to most people, and something involving triple sec.
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But the essence of the drink is actually very simple.
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It's really just rum, lime, and sugar.
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Very simple ingredients, but if you mix them properly,
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it's really amazing what a transcendent drink this can be.
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First thing, the sugar.
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Gonna take two teaspoons, and to that we're gonna
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add fresh lime juice.
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Now here is an example of where
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I think really fresh lime juice makes a difference.
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That's really a big flavor in this drink,
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so if you can, use your hand squeezer
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and make this juice right as about to make the cocktail.
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And just squeeze right over the jigger
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to get one ounce of fresh lime juice.
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Add your lime juice to the sugar,
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and then just stir briefly to melt that sugar.
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Then you add your spirit:
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two ounces of white rum.
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And we add our ice.
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Our 28-ounce shaker tin.
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Give a good, firm tap on it to make sure
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you get a good seal, then when shaking,
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always turn it around, so if the drink comes out
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and your seal breaks, it goes on you, and not on your guest.
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Shake that vigorously for about 20 seconds.
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(liquid sloshing)
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Just tap it to break the seal,
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and then you're gonna use your Hawthorne strainer.
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And these coupe glasses make a great daiquiri glass.
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Now, the last thing you wanna do is taste your drink.
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All limes are different.
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Lime juice can be different acidities,
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and all sugar, since we didn't exactly measure it,
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can work out differently too,
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so I think it's important at this point
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to taste your drink, see if the sugar
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and the acid are in balance.
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If not, add a little bit more acid
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or add a little bit more sugar.
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In this case, it worked out right,
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so you just strain that into your glass.
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(ice cubes rattling)
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For a simple garnish, I just like to add a wheel of lime.
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Simply take a thin slice of lime,
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and drop that right into the drink.
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And that really is a rum sour, known as the daiquiri.
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Gone through a lot of changes through the ages,
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'specially during the '70s, but is back again
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and enjoyed in its classic form.
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(echoing ambient music)