Caribe Daiquiri

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Cocktail History

The Caribe Daiquiri is a modern tiki cocktail that was created by bartender Pablo Moix at DAMA, a Latin-inspired restaurant and bar in Los Angeles, California. It’s made using the classic daiquiri template that calls for rum, citrus juice, and sugar, but it adds in fresh pineapple juice for more tropical flair.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Dark Rum: This is the base spirit. We went with Cihuatan 8 Year Indigo Rum, which has notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, and artisanal dulce de leche. You may find it too sweet for this drink; if so, you can also use Wray & Nephew Gold Jamaican Rum. Or for a mocktail version of this drink, try Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the rum.

Pineapple Juice: This adds sweet and fruity pineapple flavor. We prefer fresh pineapple juice, but you can substitute canned juice if that’s easier than juicing an entire pineapple.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. Again, we prefer to use fresh lime juice.

Superfine Sugar or Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener. We prefer to use simple syrup, which is made with sugar and water, instead of sugar in drinks because it blends better, but the recipe specifically calls for superfine sugar. If you go with simple syrup, you can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Lime Slice: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh lime aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Caribe Daiquiri features the scent of pineapple, has a surprisingly dry taste that balances bittersweetness with rum notes and fruity pineapple, and leaves an aftertaste that has a bit of rum funk and pineapple in the mouth.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Overall, this drink was good! Like the classic daiquiri, the choice of rum matters a lot here because it doesn’t really have much to hide behind; that said, once we were able to nail down a spirit, we really enjoyed this drink and thought it was a simple yet effective tropical riff.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“I was a bit shocked at how much I didn’t care for this drink if I’m being honest. I generally love Daiquiris, and playing around with the formula is always a great time. For some reason though, adding pineapple and tweaking the other proportions that this recipe offered didn’t do it for me. The flavor of the pineapple somehow muted the other notes, and it left the drink just a bit wanting, in my opinion.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I put this recipe on our calendar because I love Daiquiris and pineapple and I was excited to find out what they tasted like together. Overall, this is just a very simple drink that you can’t really make incorrectly. The rum you choose does greatly influence the flavor of the drink, however, so be sure to use one you know you like in cocktails. We ended up making this one twice because we thought the Cihaután 8 Year Indigo Rum was just a touch too overpowering and sweet.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Easy Tiki: A Modern Revival with 60 Recipes by Chloe Frechette.

AuthorEasy TikiPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Dark Rum
 ¾ oz Pineapple Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup or 1 Bar Spoon Superfine Sugar
 1 Lime Slice

Method
1

Add rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup or superfine sugar, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Dark Rum
 ¾ oz Pineapple Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup or 1 Bar Spoon Superfine Sugar
 1 Lime Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup or superfine sugar, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime slice.

Caribe Daiquiri

Make It a Mocktail: Use Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the rum to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Pineapple Cocktails

If you like this pineapple-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Elusive Dreams Cocktail Recipe

Elusive Dreams: A rum cocktail made with pineapple juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, banana liqueur, and a pineapple wedge

Smoky Pineapple Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Smoky Pineapple Margarita: A tequila and mezcal cocktail made with triple sec, lime juice, pineapple syrup, Tajín, a lime wedge, and a lime slice

Something Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Something Tequila: A tequila cocktail made with pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, passion fruit syrup, a lime slice, a mint sprig, and edible flowers

Greena Colada Cocktail Recipe

Greena Colada: A rum cocktail made with triple sec, lime juice, lemon juice, Green Chartreuse, velvet falernum liqueur, crème of coconut, mint, and a lime wheel

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