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Golden Daiquiri

Golden Daiquiri 1.000

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Spirits Jul 8, 2020

The cachaça in this daiquiri riff adds a subtle, grassy note, cutting the richness of the pineapple rum. If you don’t have it, you can substitute rhum agricole (or even a dry Cuban-style white rum, such as Bacardi or Havana Club). If you can’t find demerara sugar to make the syrup, you can substitute turbinado or even basic light brown sugar.

Storage Notes: The sugar syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.

Where to Buy: We found Plantation Pineapple rum at Total Wine & More and other good liquor stores.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 1 1/2 ounces Plantation Pineapple rum
  • 1/2 ounce cachaça
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce demerara syrup (see NOTE)
  • 2 dashes Angostura or pimento bitters
  • 1 small fresh mint leaf (optional), for garnish


Chill a cocktail glass. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the rum, cachaça, lime juice, syrup and bitters. Shake hard for 30 seconds, then strain into the glass and float the mint leaf on top.

NOTE: To make demerara syrup, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of demerara sugar with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, and let the mixture boil for 30 seconds, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Transfer to a 12-ounce bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 120

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 20g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 17g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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