From MauiTime’s Bar Issue 2010
Recently, I have gained a new found affinity for rum. So, on a recent trip to Los Angeles, I headed for Hollywood’s La Descarga to seek out their infamous daiquiri, created by Pablo Moix. Moix is a Los Angeles convert from Queens, New York, and brings a keen sensibility to the mixology scene developing beverage programs that are appealing, fiscally attentive, and on trend. This cocktail has its roots in Cuba via Havana’s El Floridita Bar and is credited to Bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert, others say it dates back to the late 1800’s. Hemingway was a fan. So its nothing new.
The thing is the daiquiri is really a simple drink. It should be in every bar’s repertoire, as a classic basic cocktail. However finding the cocktail on Maui in its classic form has eluded me. Plus I want it served in a coupe, no exceptions.
Daiquiri is a perfect menage a tois between rum, lime and sugar. What it is not is the blended abominations of sour mix and rum served at tourist bars here on Maui — Sorry! Fresh squeeze those limes please. Experimenting obsessively with the classic daiquiri recipe in my home bar, I have been tinkering with the types of rum, kinds of sugar, and home grown limes. What I loved about La Descarga’s version is the cross section of lime garnish that floats on top of the drink. Next trick is to shake it hard and fast till frothy. As you sip the drink from the coupe the lime naturally gravitates to the sipping point, and you seem to always be pulling the drink through and with the citrus. Simply fantastic.
Final tip: Pay attention the shaking of the cocktail. Shake it agressively and give it about six seconds with momentum. Shake it like you mean it. Then strain. It makes a difference.
I am keeping my eyes peeled for this daiquiri on Maui.
If you want to try this at home:
2 ounces gold rum
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime
2 teaspoons baker’s sugar
Fill cocktail shaker with ice, smaller chunks are better here to get a really good chill and froth. Add rum, lime and sugar. Shake well. Strain into chilled coupes. Garnish. Drink!
Check out this video for stylized how-tos on making your cocktail. Liquor and drink are not the same but theory is similar.