Key Lime Daiquiri. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.

This blast of arctic air and wind and snow and gray has me longing for the lovely afternoons and evenings of the Key West I left a week ago. Nine full days there, writing, cooking, carousing with the sailing droogs. Sigh. So, to cheer myself, I made some Key Lime Daiquiris—proper daiquiris, with nothing but rum, citrus, and simple syrup. The frozen daiquiri and the frozen margarita are yet more travesties America has made of previously fine libations. I think I was in my thirties when I learned that a daiquiri wasn’t a slushie with alcohol.

So I fight off these, the worst weeks of the year, with memories of Key West, rum, and Key limes (and thanks to you, Rob and Ab!). Yes, that’s blue Ohio winter in the background of Donna’s shot, but I love how it recalls the warm blue water of the Florida Keys.

Happy Friday, all.

Key Lime Daiquiri

  • 60 grams light rum (2 ounces)
  • 30 grams Key lime juice (1 ounce, about 5 Key limes)
  • 30 grams simple syrup (1 ounce; 1:1 sugar to water by weight)
  • 1/4 Key lime for garnish
  1. Combine rum, lime juice, and simple syrup in shaker, fill with ice, stir for 90 seconds, and strain into a frozen glass.
  2. Garnish with Key lime.
  3. Sit back and imagine summer; it will be here before you know it.

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8 Wonderful responses to “Friday Cocktail Hour: Key Lime Daiquiri”

  • Michael Ruhlman

    I should have noted that lime can of course be substituted, but I find them to be more acidic than key limes so adjust the simple syrup to your tastes accordingly.

  • Susan B. Love

    As a kid, 10 yrs old or so, my mom had a Daiquiri “phase”, albeit the “slushy” kind. My job on canasta nights was to crush the ice old school style-clean tea towel, ice and hammer! I do love a real daiquiri but oh how I miss mom.

  • allen

    Welcome back, and thank you for sharing the warm festive sunshine of Key West with us, brightening our winter.
    The blue Ohio winter that Donna captured in the background, color coordinated with the blue on the rum label and accented by the green of the limes with the fancy Ruhlman ring on the frosted glass is so appealing, I feel the urge to stick my tongue on a flag pole!

  • Doug

    I think you are channeling your inner Melville…

    “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth;
    whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find
    myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up
    the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get
    such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to
    prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically
    knocking people’s hats off–then, I account it high time to get to sea
    as soon as I can.”

  • Keygen

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  • KBrady

    Thank you! This was so good we broke our rule and had two tonight. We missed our cocktail post last week so glad to have you back!


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