The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48



How to make the perfect Daiquiri

ByThe Cocktail Lovers


It’s National Daiquiri Day on 19th July so obviously it’ll be glasses of the delicious rum, lime and sugar libation all round. Sure you can order yours from your favourite bar but if you want to have a go making one at home, who better to advise on the perfect recipe than Alejandro Bolivar of El Floridita in Cuba?

Alejandro Bolivar of El Floridita, Cuba
Alejandro Bolivar of El Floridita, Cuba


Having worked at what Ernest Hemingway described as the ‘home of the Daiquiri’ for the past 20 years, he and his smartly-dressed red-jacketed team mix up around 450 of the cocktail a day – that’s 36 to 48 bottles of rum and 30 litres of freshly-squeezed limes every 24 hours. “You can’t visit Havana without coming to El Floridita,” he says during a recent, rare visit to London. “People travel thousands of miles to try one of our Daiquiris.”

Or one of the Daiquiris created by Constantino ‘Constante’ Ribalaigua Vert to be more precise. It was he, a former Spaniard who created the recipe for the blended Daiquiri at El Floridita in the 1930s. Hemingway loved them and was a regular customer – so much so you’ll find a life-sized statue of the author, hand-on-hip propping up the bar.

Recreate your own Havana moment on National Daiquiri Day with Alejandro’s recipe below:


45ml Havana Club 3 Year Old rum

1 teaspoon of white sugar

Juice of 1/2 a lime

5 dots of maraschino

Scoop of crushed ice

Alejandro Bolivar’s top tips for making the perfect Daiquiri:

1. “Use Havana Club 3 Year Old Cuban rum, this is the rum used at Floridita and Bodeguita for the last 60 years.”

2. “Always use freshly-squeezed lime juice.”

3. “The sugar must be completely dissolved in lime juice for the perfect balance.”

4. “Add 5 drops of maraschino and some rum to your blender.”

5. “For the perfect amount of crushed ice – fill your martini glass with crushed ice and that is the perfect amount per drink

6. “Start blending and add the rest of the rum.”

7.  “The perfect consistency should be light with small bubbles on the surface of the drink.”

The Cocktail Lovers say:

Rum not your thing? Try this summery cocktail to cool you down when the heat is on: Svenska Cup (serves 1; 1.45 units)

2 strawberries (quartered)

4 cubes cucumber

8 mint leaves

10ml fresh lime juice

10ml elderflower cordial

30ml Absolut vodka

100ml Strawberry & Lime Rekorderlig cider

Add cubed ice into a large wine glass. Add strawberry, cucumber and mint. Pour in vodka, elderflower, lime and Rekordelig cider. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig.

This week we’re loving…

Cocktails on tap at the recently opened Soho Diner. Choose from a Mojito, Cosmo, Mule, Collins and a Negroni, all ready to go for a reasonable £6 each.

Soho Diner, 19-21 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JJ.

Written for The Independent Dish of the Day blog 19/7/2013

The Independent

Picture of The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers are Mr G and Ms S, a man and a woman who share a passion for cocktails. (We also happen to be married, so we’re cocktail lovers in more ways than one…)


Be the first to hear the latest news, get sneaky peeks inside upcoming issues of The Cocktail Lovers magazine, receive special offers and lots more. (And we promise we won’t share your details with anyone else).

To get the latest copy of our gorgeous print magazine just click on the cover!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


The Cocktail Lovers magazine is packed with features, fashion, food, travel, interviews, news, recipes – all written from a cocktail lover’s perspective. Published four times a year, take your pick from the luxurious print edition or get your fix in the page-turning digital format – either way, it couldn’t be easier to start a subscription or order back issues. And why keep all the cocktail goodness to yourself? Share the love by setting up a gift subscription. We ship pretty much everywhere in the world, so we’ve got you covered. Start your subscription today!

The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 47
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 46
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine 45 Cover
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48

JOIN us!

Join us at The Cocktail Lovers and be the first to hear the latest news, get our new magazine and receive specials offers. (And we don’t share your details with anyone else.)