14 October 2014

Let's Make A Disco Daiquiri

At your next themed get-together, let's party like it's 1970! All you need is a polyester suit, platform shoes, and a plunging neckline that falls to your navel (in this era, totally acceptable for both men + women). And we've created the perfect signature cocktail to carry you through the night, the Disco Daiquiri.

But this cocktail isn't the overly-sweet version many of us remember from the 70's. Instead, this recipe takes the 1970's most popular drink back to it's earlier roots in the 1940's while still honoring the disco era it was so largely a part of.

disco daiquiri

The daiquiri in its classic form isn't the overly-sweet frozen concoction we've come to know from the 1970's. The true classic of the 1940's only uses three quality ingredients - aged dark rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup - and is shaken, not frozen. This classic daiquiri is the one we're talking about here. However, we're giving a holla back to the 1970's version by adding a splash of grenadine as a gentle nod to the fruity cocktail of the disco era.

how to make a classic daiquiri

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Disco Daiquiri
A classic "shaken" cocktail
  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Grenadine, splash
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add ice to shaker.Shake vigorously until your libation is sufficiently chilled. Add a splash of grenadine to the bottom of a martini glass or old-fashioned.Strain mixture over top and add a lime wedge for garnish.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1

how to pour a classic daiquiri

Unlike the frozen tropical version, this classic daiquiri is vigorously shaken then strained into a chilled glass. And if it's served in a vintage cocktail glass appropriate to its era? Well then, you're golden.

daiquiri recipe
Aside from respecting the daiquiri of the disco era, the splash of grenadine in this version also adds a slight fruit note to the cocktail without overpowering the richness of the dark rum. It's a nice balance of the two. But take care not to add too much. A teaspoon or two is more than ample.

And if you're looking to keep it authentic, serve your cocktails in a vintage set of glasses appropriate to the era. This set of 1970s Georges Briard glassware is perfectly appropriate for the Disco Daiquiri. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see a peek of these fun cocktail glasses!



  1. I love the title, I really thought you where going to play 70's music. Great drink for a party for sure Sarah.

  2. BeeGees perhaps, or a little Donna Summers? How 'bout KC + the Sunshine Band? Honestly, I don't think I could have forgiven myself for subjecting you! ;)


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