As if we needed another reason to drink rum-based cocktails in the summer, July 20th is National Daiquiri Day. In the power rankings for summery rum-centric mixed drinks, the daiquiri sits well above the rum and cola, mai tai, pina colada, and even the mojito. This combination of white rum, simple syrup, and lime juice is as straightforward as it is delicious and we’re all about celebrating them in one of the hottest months of the year.
As with all spirits, there’s an almost endless number of brands available. It might seem like a daunting task to pick just one. That’s why we asked some of our favorite bartenders to tell us their go-to rums to mix into this classic warm-weather cocktail.
Diplomatico Planas Rum
Rico Velasquez, bartender at Jaleo by José Andrés in Las Vegas
For a daiquiri, I would choose Diplomatico Planas rum from Venezuela. It’s aged for six years and charcoal filtered giving it a crystal-clear complexion. It is a rich and luscious rum that you could mix and still taste the flavor of the spirit.
Cari Hah, bar manager at Big Bar in Los Angeles
Probitas rum is an amazing rum for a daiquiri. It is a unique blend of pot still and column still rum from the Foursquare distillery in Barbados as well as pot still rum from Hampden Estate in Jamaica. It is a blend of a 2-year Foursquare pot still rum, an unaged Coffey column still Foursquare rum and an unaged Hampden Estate pot still rum.
The rum is so funky and fun and it is slightly higher proof at 47 percent abv, so it really stands up in a daiquiri.
Santa Teresa 1796
Pamela Wiznitzer, Mixologist at The Lookup in New York City
I love blending rums for my daiquiris. I like the overproof rum, Wray & Nephew, with the weight from Santa Teresa 1796, and like to add something brighter, such as Bacardi four year to round it out.
Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum
Daniel King, beverage director of Liberty Common in Nashville
I like to use Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum. It’s overproof, so you won’t want to use a full 2oz. I usually mix it with another rum. So, you can use the second rum to play around with the flavor profile while knowing that the Wray & Nephew is going to bring that distinctive sugar cane pop to it.
A personal favorite of mine is to make a daiquiri with one-part Wray & Nephew and one part mezcal.
Sailor Jerry Rum
Josh Cameron, Head Bartender of Boulton & Watt in New York City
Sailor Jerry is a great bottle to pick up and pour on the fly. The juice also has character, spice, and strength, that give you the daiquiri energy to inspire 5am St Marks tattoo runs.
Lamb’s Navy Rum
Mark Ferguson,bartender at Davio’s in Irvine, California
My favorite rum would be Lamb’s …read more