July 17th, 2018

A Drink for the Ages—Celebrate National Daiquiri Day July 19th

While the classic daiquiri may not be featured on menus as prominently as the Moscow Mule and Manhattan right now, make no mistake—Ernest Hemingway’s most talked-about cocktail is still a best-seller across the globe. As true adult beverage connosieurs will tell you—the most respectable daiquiris are not the blended varieties that resemble a 7-11 Slurpee. Nuh uh. Only accept the original: perfectly mixed rum, fresh lime juice and pure cane sugar—iced, vigorously shaken and strained. That’s the daiquiri you should crave. And that’s also the daiquiri that should be celebrated this Thursday (July 19th) on National Daiquiri Day.

That’s right…in case you forgot, we’re here to remind you to schedule your Thursday post-work cocktail hour around this true libation legend.

Even if you don’t see the drink on your favorite Marina del Rey cocktail list, no problem—just tell the bar-keep you want a classic daiquiri (not frozen) made with the good stuff. (FYI: Bacardi Rum was used in the original recipe back in 1896—but another extraordinary choice is the smooth, dark Flor De Caña.) Also consider the Hemingway Special Daiquiri (initially dubbed the “Papa Doble.”) In case your bartender is unfamiliar with the recipe—teach him a little something. The drink was dreamed up by the historic Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba in honor of their favorite patron, and includes white rum, fresh lime juice, fresh grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.

Now let’s take a look at some of your best bets for great daiquiri around town.


SALT at Marina del Rey Hotel
13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey

After work, head to SALT’s comfortable outdoor patio, grab a sleek firepit table overlooking the harbor and order a refreshing daiquiri right off their cocktail menu under “The Classics.” You know it will be off the chart!


Old Man Bar at Hatchett Hall
12517 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City

The Old Man Bar menu features a twist on the traditional daiquiri by swapping out rum with the boldly aromatic herbal liqueur—Fernet. It’s an acquired taste (once described as “black-licorice flavored Listerine”) but with fresh lime and sugar added to the mix, it could be just what the doctor ordered.


Old Lightening 
2905 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey

This intimate, reservation-only back bar at Scopa Italian Roots is like stepping back in time to the classy days of Mad Men—which by the way, was a big era for daiquiris. So, leave your cell phone at the door (seriously, no cell phones allowed!), take in the ambiance and raise a chilled glass to the favorite drink of the hour.


Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey’s waterfront gem may not highlight daiquiris on their menu, but trust us, they make them. Plus, they have the spectacular Flor de Caña Rum to boot! So stop in, enjoy the gorgeous views, and order a premium daiquiri made with some darn good rum.


Tony Ps
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

Tony Ps Tavern has a nice selection of rum, and that’s proof positive they can make a mean daiquiri for your Daiquiri Day Celebration. Order it with Bacardi Silver—or for something a little different, ask for a Malibu Daiquiri. (Coconut Rum and lime juice combo—mixed with ice and strained into a martini glass. YUM!)


Are you a daiquiri lover? Let us know where you’ll go on Thursday to celebrate Daiquiri Day. Oh…and cheers!