A quick and easy guide to the daiquiri. With white rum, freshly squeezed lime juice and a simple sugar syrup, you are just a few steps away from making this classic at home.


To make the sugar syrup

To make the cocktail

  • 2 handfuls ice
  • 60ml/4 tbsp white rum
  • 25ml/1fl oz freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. For the sugar syrup, put the caster sugar in a small non-stick saucepan over a medium heat and pour in the water. Stir and bring to the boil. CAUTION: boiling sugar is extremely hot. Handle very carefully. Use a deep pan to avoid bubbling over.

  2. Once the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is clear, take the pan off the heat and leave to cool. Put a coupette or other glass of your choice into the freezer.

  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour 2 teaspoons of the cooled sugar syrup over the ice in the shaker along with the rum and lime juice.

  4. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds to combine all the ingredients, then strain into the chilled coupette using a hawthorne cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer. If you don’t have a strainer, any kitchen sieve will work just as well.

Recipe Tips

Scale up the sugar syrup ingredients with a ratio of 2:1 if you’d like to make more. It’s easier to make in larger batches and keeps for at least 2 weeks in the fridge.