And now for something new, it’s a rum drink! I think the Daiquiri has a bad rap as a super sweet fake-strawberry flavored monstrosity that comes from a slushy machine, but it doesn't have to be that way. Fresh fruit, crushed ice and a good kick from the Rum, this is the drink you’ve been looking for. The classic daiquiri is lime, white rum and simple syrup, but you can use any berries or citrus that you might have on hand. For example I happened to have blueberries and some kumquats that needed to be used (what do you do with Kumquats? Why are they in my fridge?). Additionally, I substituted the traditional white rum with a Rhum agricole, a dryer style of Rhum that lends this drink an even more adult taste.
Blueberry Kumquat Daquiri
2 oz. White Rum or Rhum agricole
3/4 oz. Simple syrup (use my little trick from last week here)
small handful of blueberries
3-4 kumquats cut in half
Combine blueberries and halved kumquats with simple syrup in shaker and muddle thoroughly, add ice and shake. Add rum to shaker and shake until very cold (about 20 seconds). Double strain into a small glass. Add crushed ice.
So good and easy it'll be like being on vacation... well it'll taste like being on vacation anyway, I'm not a magician.