What the fuck is so hard about making a Daiquiri? That is what my alarm clock chirps as I spring out of bed every afternoon. I really do wonder this every day, so many cocktails I slide across the bar are so simple, why can’t everyone do it? Ten years of practicing grace and nuance aside, the reason is simple, they can’t because of the lack of experience and education.
I’ll say it, I tended bar for 3 years before I knew what a Daiquiri really was. Any bartender that says otherwise must have grown up in this cocktail renaissance we are STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF (not nearly over) and likely doesn’t know how to make an Alabama Slammer. Anyway, despite the good efforts of the Bar Smarts crew, there are still plenty of bartenders that don’t know the most basic of basics. I want to bring the simple back to the people.
Two months ago I was in Hawaii and at any point during my trip I would have paid over $20 for one perfectly made Daiquiri.
It never happened, I made my own.
But, I did manage to instruct a polyester-ed hotel worker on how to make a Negroni that I sipped with my lady at sunset while watching whales in the distance. The creation of this moment wasn’t that hard. This bartender did me a solid, and I tipped him for it, why can’t this exchange be more common?
On June 1st I want everyone who is able, to go into a normal bar, one where no one has a vest or a mustache, and order a Daiquiri. But wait, don’t just order it, ask, “Could you make me a classic Daiquiri, just light rum, a few squeezes of lime and a whisper of simple syrup?” You don’t have to say “whisper” that is just my fruity pants style. It is important to “ask” and not “tell.” No iPhones out at the bar, no comparing the drink slinger at your local to this, “one time I was somewhere better,” just extend an olive branch.
And then hope for the best.
We can teach ’em ’bout fine straining and rhum agricole some other time. But I think that offering up a sincere order for the simplest of sours could create an epiphany moment.
I scheme to myself that this kind of thing could catch on, a new simple drink every month getting re-introduced into the bartender’s vernacular. So please, June 1st, order up a Daiquiri and help us all get a better drink.