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

Examples of daiquiri in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get the recipe > Hemingway Special At Floridita bar, this daiquiri tart with fresh grapefruit and lime juices was a regular order of author Ernest Hemingway. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 11 Apr. 2024 The bartenders at El Floridita made a few substantial changes to the classic daiquiri to accommodate Hemingway's requests. Taylor Tobin, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2024 La Boca builds on a traditional Hemingway special daiquiri but adds Equiano dark rum, blended in Barbados. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 The new flavor of strawberry daiquiri, as well as the other eight cocktails currently in their portfolio, is available at liquor stores across the United States. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 On The Rocks is betting the strawberry daiquiri could return to popularity, as this ready-to-drink cocktail brand is introducing it to their line-up. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Lunch outdoors while sipping a daiquiri at The Frosty Frog Cafe in Coligny Plaza, then head out for souvenir shopping at the stores nearby. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 His Red Alert hints of a cross between a strawberry daiquiri and a bloody mary but with smoky, peppery notes, while his Coconut-Pina-Guava Fresca evokes a pina colada with a twist. Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2024 The Rosella Tropic, made with Australian vodka, highlights the country's rosella flower, and the bar's daiquiri is made with quandong, a desert fruit tree known as the native peach. Callie Radke Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Oct. 2023

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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

Time Traveler
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 25 Apr. 2024.

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dai·​qui·​ri ˈdak-ə-rē How to pronounce daiquiri (audio) ˈdī-kə- How to pronounce daiquiri (audio)
: a cocktail made usually of rum, lime juice, and sugar
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