||Mai-Kai's Floridita Daiquiri - Authentic recipe?
|Chip and Andy|
Joined: Jul 13, 2004
From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
|Posted: 2012-02-27 06:27 am  Permalink|
Looking at the sister drink, the Derby Daiquiri, the original rum used was Don-Q from Puerto Rico. Actually, it still is the rum used today unless you ask for something special.
Joined: Feb 16, 2011
|Posted: 2012-02-27 10:03 am  Permalink|
The Floridita Daiquiri a la Mai-Kai is an awesome drink; I think it works with either red or white grapefruit(when fresh). Funny how everyone mentions that Hemingway skipped the sugar cause he was a diabetic, considering that he once downed SIXTEEN of 'em in an evening! Can't say healthy living was a big concern, imho.
Joined: Jun 07, 2008
From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
|Posted: 2012-02-27 9:28 pm  Permalink|
Thanks jokeiii, I should know my Cuban rum history being so close to Havana. If they had taught my old high school "Americanism vs. Communism" course with a few daiquiris, I might have a better recollection.
I meant to say that Cuban rum was likely used in the Floridita, and you're correct that in those days that meant the Bacardi brand. As for the Derby, I like to think that Cuban rum would have been used if not for the drink's ties to the Rums of Puerto Rico contest.
An interesting side story (this was related to Swanky by old Mai-Kai GM Bob Van Dorpe): The Thornton brothers used to very regularly head to Cuba on Fridays for the weekend. This left him with a lot of things to juggle in their absence, much to his annoyance. They had a chaffeur who was connected to the Batista regime, so they avoided any problems on these weekend jaunts.
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Joined: Sep 18, 2010
|Posted: 2012-02-28 6:59 pm  Permalink|
An interesting little factoid about Cuban rum is that the "white" rum was more like the equivalent to a reposado tequila, i.e. with a tiny bit of unfiltered age to it. When trying to replicate this at home, I usually mix white and gold rums 3:1.