La Bomba Daiquiri

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Cocktail History

The La Bomba Daiquiri is a modern cocktail that was created by Joaquin Simó at Pouring Ribbons in New York City, New York. The simple recipe is made using the common Daiquiri template of rum, citrus, and simple syrup, but this version adds in a dry yet tart complexity thanks to raspberries and pomegranate molasses being shaken in. Its name is also a nod to the French and Spanish translations for the latter: “bomba” means “bomb” in Spanish and “grenade” is from the French word “grenadine,” which is made with pomegranate.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

White Rum: This is a type of rum made with molasses or sugar cane juice and alcohol that is filtered and bottled right away without the aging process. We used The Real McCoy 3 Year Old White Rum because it has a smooth texture and flavors of toasted caramel, coconut, and marzipan. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic White Cane Spirit in place of the rum.

Lime Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lime. We used freshly squeezed lime juice.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Pomegranate Molasses: This is a syrup made with pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and sugar.

Raspberries: This is a small pink fruit. We used fresh raspberries.

Lime Slice: This is a slice of lime that has been cut into a half wheel shape.

Bartending Tools

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

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Cocktail Pick: This is used to hold the garnish. We used one from the I-MART Stainless Steel Cocktail Pick Set.

Tasting Notes

The La Bomba Daiquiri starts with classic citrus aromas and has a taste that begins with smooth white rum and lime and is balanced by a deep, fruity pomegranate flavor, which carries long into the aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: What we thought would be just another Daiquiri riff turned out to be a drink we both thought deserved a full five stars because it’s actually incredibly unique and well-balanced. The La Bomba Daiquiri manages to be the antithesis of the classically tart classic while still doing it justice, and the addition of pomegranate lends an unexpected amount of extra character to the template.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This drink is practically the opposite of the classic Daiquiri. The original represents light-bodied, tart-yet-sweet fun, while this is a dark, almost contemplative drink that still features a ton of fruit flavor. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally crushable, but as the book we pulled it from says, it proves that ‘fruity does not always mean sweet.’ Though packed with fruit flavor and, of course, extremely well-balanced, this recipe straddles the line between ‘beach vacation’ and ‘grizzled detective’ in a very clever way.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“As Alex said, the description of this riff in The Essential Cocktail Book calls the recipe ‘an awesome way to prove that fruity and sweet are not synonymous,’ and I honestly can’t think of a better way to describe my experience trying it for the first time. It does exactly that; you think the tart raspberry and bright pink color will mean this is an overly sweet cocktail, but it’s still quite dry. I had to give it five stars for not just its palatability but surprising and unique tanginess.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

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AuthorThe Essential Cocktail Book

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz White Rum
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 1 tsp Pomegranate Molasses
 6 Raspberries
 1 Lime Slice

Method
1

Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, pomegranate molasses, five raspberries, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Fine strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with remaining raspberry and lime slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz White Rum
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 1 tsp Pomegranate Molasses
 6 Raspberries
 1 Lime Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, pomegranate molasses, five raspberries, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Fine strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with remaining raspberry and lime slice.

La Bomba Daiquiri

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic White Cane Spirit in place of the rum to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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