This Classic Daiquiri recipe is easy to make, with just three ingredients. Just shake white rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup with ice for a classy cocktail that’s perfectly sweet, tart, and refreshing!

A classic daiquiri cocktail garnished with a lime


3 Ingredient Classic Daiquiri Recipe

A classic Daiquiri is easy to make with just 3 simple ingredients – it’s a delightfully refreshing rum cocktail!

When you think of a daiquiri, do you think of those colorful, overly-sweet rum slushies served in a tall hurricane glass? Well did you know that the original, classic version of this drink is a classy, elegant cocktail served in a coupe glass?!

The daiquiri is essentially a classic sour, which is a family of simple cocktails made with spirit, citrus juice, and sugar/simple syrup. I’m quite fond of sours, as you might’ve already noticed from my classic whiskey sour and variations like a New York sour and a blood orange amaretto sour. If you reeeeeeally like sours, try adding up to ½ ounce more lime juice to this recipe, to make this drink extra puckery!

For this classic daiquiri recipe, you’ll need only white rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. Super basic and nicely balanced (not overly sour). Shake it all together in an ice-filled cocktail shaker (or a canning jar with the lid on) to get the drink fantastically cold and refreshing.

C’mon. Put that blender away. Enjoy a classic daiquiri!

A hand grabbing a daiquiri in a coupe glass

Why You’ll Love This Cocktail

Here are a few reasons to love this classic daiquiri recipe.

  • Classic & basic. This classic daiquiri recipe is where it all began. Many of us are more familiar with those fruity, frozen variations, and oftentimes it’s simply a good idea to get back to the basics!
  • 3 ingredients. Rum, lime, and simple syrup – that’s it.
  • Ready in minutes. All you need to do is shake the ingredients with ice, then pour.
  • Refreshing. Perfectly sweet and sour, this classic sour recipe is ultra refreshing.

What is a Daiquiri?

The daiquiri originated in Cuba, a rum cocktail made with just 3 ingredients – white rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, and simple syrup.

A classic lime daiquiri is the perfect refreshing balance of tart and sweet. Of course, you can easily adjust for more/less tartness or sweetness by adding more/less lime juice and simple syrup.

Classic daiquiri ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

This classic cocktail is made with just 3 simple ingredients.

  • White rum – White rum is the star of a classic daiquiri so be sure to use one of good quality.
  • Lime juice – Lime juice adds a fresh, bright acidity to the daiquiri. Use ONLY freshly squeezed lime juice – no bottled juices here!
  • Simple syrup – Simple syrup sweetens the daiquiri. Feel free to adjust the amount to make the drink sweeter or less sweet.

What Type of Liquor is in a Daiquiri?

A classic daiquiri is made with white rum. I recommend using a good quality white rum that you already enjoy drinking since there are only two other ingredients in this drink. While it’s not necessary to buy a top-shelf rum, do stay away from the really cheap stuff.

How to Make a Daiquiri

You won’t believe how quick and easy this classic cocktail is to make at home. It truly doesn’t get easier than this!

A daiquiri in a coupe glass
  • Add ingredients to a shaker. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, then add the cocktail ingredients.
  • Shake. Shake until well chilled – I recommend at least 30 seconds, to get it super cold.
  • Enjoy. Strain the drink into a coupe glass, garnish with a lime wheel, and enjoy!
A lime daiquiri garnished with a lime slice

Daiquiri Drink Variations

As with all cocktails that have been around for a while, there are many daiquiri variations. Here are a few worth trying.

  • Hemingway Daiquiri. This version incorporates maraschino liqueur, plus a splash of grapefruit juice.
  • Banana Daiquiri. Made with banana liqueur for a fun, tropical flavor.
  • Frozen Daiquiri. The classic ingredients are blended with ice into a slushie, instead of shaken.
  • Strawberry Daiquiri. This is one of the most popular variations, with the addition of strawberries. You’ll find it on bar menus both shaken and blended into a frozen slushie drink.
  • Winter Daiquiri. This daiquiri recipe adds blackstrap rum along with the white rum.
Overhead view of a classic daiquiri drink

Common Questions

What glass do you use for a daiquiri?

Classic daiquiris are typically served in coupe glasses, though a martini glass also works.

How strong is a daiquiri?

This drink is small and strong. Each drink has 2 ounces of rum and just 1.5 ounces of “other”, so it does pack a little punch. Shaking with ice does dilute the drink a bit, however. This is one to sip, not gulp.

What’s the difference between a margarita and a daiquiri?

Classic margaritas and daiquiris have their lime flavor in common but not much else. A daiquiri is made with rum, while a margarita is made with tequila and orange liqueur, plus a salted rim.

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A classic daiquiri garnished with a lime

Classic Daiquiri

Yield: 1 drink
prep time: 5 minutes
total time: 5 minutes
This Classic Daiquiri recipe is easy to make, with only three ingredients. Just shake white rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup with ice for a classy cocktail that's perfectly sweet, tart, and refreshing!
5 Stars (1 Review)


  • 2 ounces good quality white rum
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Lime wheel for garnish


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  • Shake until well chilled, at least 30 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy immediately.


If you reeeeeeally like a classic sour cocktail, try adding up to ½ ounce more lime juice, to make this drink extra puckery!

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 181kcal Carbohydrates: 16g Protein: 1g Sodium: 3mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 8g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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