Daiquiris often mean frozen drinks flavored with commercial sour mix and cheap rum. Leo Robitschek loves introducing people to the real deal: “They’re shocked that three simple ingredients can create such a complex drink.”
The drink to order at polo matches, this fruity concoction gets its name and its alcohol content from Pimm's No. 1, a British spirit. You can find it at any well-stocked liquor store.
1 1/2 cups Pimm's No. 1
How to invent an original cocktail
Almost all great cocktails involve a few fundamental categories of flavor: strong, sweet, sour and bitter most commonly, plus the outliers floral, smoky and spicy (like cayenne pepper, a new drinks trend right now). With the right proportions, it's possible to play a mix-and-match game of ingredients, which makes coming up with a new drink strangely easy.
Holland Razor Blade:
gin-like genever (strong), lemon juice (sour), simple syrup (sweet), cayenne pepper (spicy).
A Southside Royale
gin (strong), simple syrup (sweet), lime juice and champagne (sour) and mint (floral).
A Thai curry of carrots with coconut milk gave Todd Thrasher the idea for this drink.
This is mixologist Philip Ward's take on what might be Mexico's most popular tequila drink. Instead of using bottled grapefruit soda, he combines grapefruit juice, simple syrup and club soda.
1 lime wedge
rye whiskey (strong), vermouth (sweet) and Angostura bitters (bitter).
bourbon (strong), sugar cube (sweet), thin strip of lemon peel (sour) and Angostura bitters (bitter).