dai·​qui·​ri ˈda-kə-rē How to pronounce daiquiri (audio) ˈdī- How to pronounce daiquiri (audio)
: an alcoholic drink that is usually made of rum, crushed fruit or fruit juice, and sugar
a frozen strawberry daiquiri

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The pause that refreshes most is a daiquiri swirled with passion fruit liqueur and fancied up with an orchid. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2022 Tuesday Get your frozens to-go at this New Orleans-style daiquiri bar, which slings 18 different flavors. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 29 July 2022 Hence the passion fruit liqueur in the refreshing daiquiri, and baijiu, a potent Chinese spirit, in a pleasantly medicinal Manhattan made with mezcal and fernet. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 The daiquiri machine is a hit, and the Munch Punch is the signature drink. Joseph Goodman, al, 25 June 2022 The Tipsy Cupid is a vodka lemonade and the daiquiri is frozen, swirled Strawberry Mango Daiquiri made with Bacardi Superior. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2022 There, Oliver Winn from Belle's Cocktail House in Lexington was serving up something that almost tasted like a strawberry daiquiri with bourbon. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 17 Mar. 2022 Many involved in the hotel's development visited the museum and botanical garden to learn more about the city's history; the lead mixologist took the opportunity to track down Evelyn's daiquiri recipe. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, 3 Mar. 2022 Since long before the first swim-up bar plopped an orchid atop a frozen daiquiri, petals have been rimmed around glasses for visual appeal. New York Times, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


after Daiquirí, village and beach east of santiago de cuba

Note: Invention of the drink has been attributed to Jennings Stockton Cox, Jr. (1866 or 67-1913), an American mining engineer who was general manager of the Spanish-American Iron company (see New York Times obituary, September 2, 1913, p. 7). Mines developed by the company were located in the mountains several miles north of Daiquirí. An early attribution of the drink to Cox is by the journalist and fiction writer Richard Harding Davis ("Breaking into the Movies," Scribner's Magazine, vol. 55, no. 3, March, 1914, p. 284): "And for our immedate needs there were … at disturbingly frequent intervals trays loaded with the insidious Daiquiri cocktail. This latter is the creation of the late Jennings S. Cox, for some time manager of the iron mines, and it is as genial and as brimful of brotherly love as was the man who invented it. It consists of Barcardi [sic] rum, limes, sugar and cracked ice …." The papers and photographs of the Cuban socialite Carmen Puig, part of the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Library, contain a handwritten recipe for the drink purporting to be Cox's original (see scanned view at the library's Digital Collections website).

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of daiquiri was in 1920

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“Daiquiri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daiquiri. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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Last Updated: 27 Aug 2022

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