Merriam-Webster defines daiquiri as a cocktail made usually of rum, lime juice and sugar. This recipe meets that criteria. It does have rum, sugar syrup, and lime juice. The next question that came to my mind was, "Where did the daiquiri originate?" Again according to Webster, daiquiri is a Cuban word. This led me to Cuba, specifically Havana, of course!
Havana is on the northern coast of Cuba and the largest city in the Caribbean. Prior to 1959 Havana was a haven for US tourists who were offered a showy nightlife and gambling! Cuban cuisine and cocktails are well known. La Floridita, a restaurant in Havana claims to be the "birthplace of the daiquiri." It is one of many restaurants that was once a hangout of Ernest Hemingway.
I don't know if Ernest ever had a daiquiri but I tend to think he may have, as La Floridita has one on their menu named for him! If it is good enough for Ernest Hemingway, it is good enough for me!
So why did I finally decide to make the mango banana daiquiris? Not because of Ernest Hemingway, but because I have joined Barefoot Bloggers! Barefoot Bloggers are a group of bloggers who love Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa. Every month two different bloggers are chosen to pick an Ina recipe for all of the group to try out, write up and post on a designated day (the second and fourth Thursday of every month). This month Veronica chose Mango Banana Daiquiris, so I had my excuse! The daiquiris were delicious! I will make them again.
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
1/4 cup sugar syrup (to make sugar syrup mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Chill.)
1 1/4 cups dark rum
Mango slices for serving.
Place the mango, banana, lime juice, sugar syrup, and rum in a blender and process until smooth. Add 2 cups of ice and process again until smooth and thick. Serve ice cold in highball glasses with the mango slices.