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Mint Daiquiri

Mint Daiquiri 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; food styling by Kara Elder/The Washington Post

Spirits Jul 27, 2018

This drink adds fresh mint leaves to a clean, crisp daiquiri.

Use a good, Cuban-style white rum such as Havana Club or Bacardi Carta Blanca. Demerara sugar adds a nice depth to the rich simple syrup called for here, but if you don’t have that kind of sugar on hand, you can substitute regular rich simple syrup (with a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water).

For a more minty drink, you can also boost the flavor with added mint leaves or a barspoon of crème de menthe.

To read the accompanying story, see: On Bourbon Street, daiquiris are frozen booze bombs. But they can be so much more.

Make Ahead: The Demerara syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces white rum (see headnote)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce rich Demerara syrup (see headnote and NOTE)


Chill a cocktail (martini) glass.

Fill two-thirds of a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the mint leaves (to taste), rum, lime juice and Demerara syrup. Seal and shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then double-strain into the chilled glass.

NOTE: To make the rich Demerara syrup, combine 2 cups of Demerara or turbinado sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a brief boil; once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat. Cool completely before using or storing in the refrigerator.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 180

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 11g

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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