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The Best Rum to Use For Daiquiris Plus 6 Recipes That Will Make You Vacation-Happy Without Leaving Home

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Cold, sweet and spiked just right, a daiquiri is like a party in a glass — one sip, and you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical getaway. While many associate it with a fruity slushy-like drink, the traditional daiquiri is actually simply a mix of three basic ingredients: rum, citrus juice and sugar. And it’s just as strong as a martini! Whether you want to give the original a go or have a hankering for a fruity frozen concoction, keep reading for our favorite recipes, plus find out what is the best rum for a daiquiri that’s guaranteed to be delicious:

What’s the best rum to use in a daiquiri?

Rum is distilled from sugarcane, so it makes sense that it has a sweet flavor, with hints of toasted sugar. There are many varieties, but when it comes to a daiquiri, white rum is the classic choice. Also called silver or light rum, it’s typically aged in stainless-steel barrels. It has a clean, light flavor, which makes it perfect for mixing in cocktails like a daiquiri. Even better? It’s often the most affordable style of rum, so you can cheers without banking the bank. Some brands we like include Bacardi ($11), El Dorado ($13), Quakenbush ($26) and Cutwater White Rum ($26).

For a fun and delicious twist, you can also use a gold or dark rum, which has been aged. Since it’s richer and deeper in flavor, we like to pair it with extra-sweet fruits such as pineapple, banana or mango for a perfectly balanced daiquiri. Brands we like include Cruzan ($15), Kraken ($15), Mount Gay ($25) and Plantation ($30). 

How to make a traditional daiquiri 

Traditional daiquiri made with rum, lime and simple syrup
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For a traditional daiquiri that packs a boozy punch, simply follow this recipe to make one serving:


  • 1½ oz. white rum
  • ¾ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup


  1. Add ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Cover; shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. If you prefer a sweeter drink, increase the simple syrup to ¾ oz. Garnish with lime peel, if desired.

5 fun daiquiri recipes

Ready to treat yourself to a taste of the tropics? Just grab your pick of rum, then choose your favorite from our daiquiri recipes. Tip: For the best frozen daiquiris, we first add the liquids to the blender, followed by fruit, then ice. This ensures it whirls up to a perfectly even consistency.

1. Strawberry-Peach Daiquiris 

Strawberry peach daiquiri made with rum in sugar-rimmed glass
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This tasty tipple uses frozen limeade mix for extra sweetness and tang — and our big-batch recipe makes enough to treat a crowd.


  • 1½ cups white rum
  • 1 cup frozen limeade mix, from 12-oz. cont. 
  • ½ cup peach schnapps 
  • 8 cups frozen strawberries 
  • 2 cups ice cubes 
  • Fresh strawberries, for garnish 


  1. Working in 3-4 batches, in blender, combine rum, limeade mix, and peach schnapps; top with frozen strawberries and ice cubes. Cover and pulse until smooth. 
  2. Transfer strawberry mixture to large freezer-proof container; cover. Freeze until slushy, 2 hrs. 
  3. If desired, moisten rims of glasses with water; dip into coarse sugar and invert. Carefully pour cocktails into glasses. Garnish with fresh strawberries. 

2. Dreamy Lime Daiquiris

Dreamy lime daiquiri made with rum and marshmallow fluff

With the help of Marshmallow fluff and heavy cream, this adults-only drink tastes like dessert in a glass. 


  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbs. Marshmallow fluff 
  • ½ tsp. grated lime zest 
  • ¾ cup lime sorbet
  • 4 oz. white rum
  • 1 cup chilled lime seltzer
  • Lime zest, lime wedges and mint (optional) 


  1. In bowl, mix cream and marshmallow fluff until smooth; whisk until soft peaks form. Stir in zest. If desired, chill until ready to serve. 
  2. Just before serving, in blender, combine sorbet and rum. Cover; blend until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses; top each with ½ cup seltzer. Dollop fluff mixture evenly over each. If desired, garnish with lime zest, wedges and mint. 

3. Mango Daiquiris 

Mango daiquiri

We added in raspberries for an extra-treat in this mango sip, but you can use whatever berries you prefer.


  • 4 oz. white rum
  • 4 oz. simple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 oz. frozen mango puree
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • Crushed ice


  1. In blender, combine rum, simple syrup and lemon juice. Top with mango puree, raspberries and crushed ice.
  2. Blend until smooth and divide between 2 glasses.  

4. Berry-Melon Daiquiri 

Berry melon daiquiri made with white rum
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This refreshing pool-side treat gets a sweet boost thanks to seedless watermelon. 


  • 2 Tbs. lime juice
  • ¼ cup sugar 
  • 6 oz. white rum
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries 
  • 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon 
  • 2 cups ice 
  • Lime slices (optional)


  1. In blender, add all ingredients; blend until smooth.
  2. Divide among 2 glasses. If desired, garnish with lime. 

5. Banana Split Daiquiri 

Banana split daiquiri made with dark rum

Cool off with a banana daiquiri that gets a frozen and creamy twist! 


  • 2 bananas 
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup honey 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract 
  • ¼ cup dark rum 
  • Banana slices (optional) 


  1. Cut bananas into ½”-thick slices; freeze until solid, about 2 hrs.
  2. In blender, combine frozen bananas, milk, honey, cinnamon and vanilla; cover. Puree ingredients together until thick and smooth.
  3. Stir in rum; divide evenly among 4 glasses. If desired, garnish with a banana slice. 

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