Rum Daisy

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Cocktail History

The Rum Daisy is a classic cocktail that was created in the late 1800s. It’s traditionally made with white rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange liqueur and is said to be a precursor to the Margarita. Although no longer seen on many menus these days, he drink was quite popular back in the Gilded Age, especially among Americans crossing the border to Mexico to partake in spirits during Prohibition.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

White Rum: This is the base spirit. We went with Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum because its crisp and has notes of lime, marzipan, allspice, ground ginger, and gentle oak.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. 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.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other dry ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Lemon Peel: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor when dropped into the drink.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We thought this recipe was quite tasty, albeit sweet while still being heavy on the liquor. It will especially get petite folks like Kendall where they want to go on a night of sipping.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz White Rum
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 ¼ oz Triple Sec
 1 Lemon Peel

Method
1

Add rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, triple sec, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz White Rum
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 ¼ oz Triple Sec
 1 Lemon Peel

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, triple sec, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Rum Daisy

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More Rum Cocktails

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

 Jamaican Mule: A rum cocktail made with ginger syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, Angostura aromatic bitters, candied ginger, a lime slice, and an orchid blossom

 Zombie: A rum cocktail made with velvet falernum liqueur, Donn’s mix, lime juice, absinthe, grenadine, Angostura aromatic bitters, and mint

 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

 Plum Swizzle: A brandy, rum, and plum wine cocktail made with orange juice, lime juice, orgeat syrup, crème de violette, absinthe, mint, and an orange twist

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