Wintry Daiquiri – Alabama Beverage Catering

On the tip of winter, that first moment you crack open the front door can be downright chilling. In these arctic times I often think of the warm, sunny days of yester-month and relaxing in a tropical lands far away from the layers of clothing I currently don. This is more than likely why I like to dive into the Tiki realm a tid bit in the wintry months. Strangely enough the crisp citrus paired with spice that typically adorn the majority of this style of tipple make my innards warm enough to trudge back through snow and ice to collapse in my heavily wrapped bed awaiting another day with our Alabama Beverage Catering squad.

The cocktail I most prize as my kickstarter for such an occasion, most certainly and without a doubt, is a Daiquiri.  Why you may ask? Well my lovely friend, simplicity. Lime, Sugar, Rum and you have yourself one of the cleanest coupes you can shake a stick at. I have over the years changed the portions and substituted a bit, but by the standard definition I have stayed pretty true. I am also a huge fan of the Hemingway Daiquiri, or Papa Doble, as they add Grapefruit and Maraschino into the mix, but this is not the variation I am going to share with you today.

I’ll leave you with one more thing and then straight into the recipe. I’ve noticed a trend in the Tiki community that I want to point out. I seek out Tiki bars in every city I travel to, not only because I love the cocktails, but the bartenders that are behind these establishments are some of the happiest, most approachable barmen and women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. What is this phenomenon? I have no idea. Maybe its the relaxing atmosphere, or the ocean tunes, either way straw hats off to all you Tiki folks like Joey Schmidt and Dan Shook at Rated R Cocktails, or Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White from The Hukilau, or the good folks at Hale Pele or Cane & Table or Weather Up Austin on Tiki Tuesdays!

Wintry Daiquiri

2 oz Aged Rum (Pyrat XO)
1 oz Fresh Lime
.5 oz Nutmeg-Dem Syrup (1:1)
2 Dashes Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters


1. Add Rum, Fresh Lime, Nutmeg-Dem Syrup, and Bitters to a chilled shaker tin
2. Stir up the concoction slightly as the syrup has a tendency to be quite thick
3. Add fresh, cold ice to the shaker and shake the ever loving bejesus out of it
4. Use a tea strainer to double strain the libation into a chilled coupe
5. Sip dauntingly and dream of warmer months

Nutmeg-Dem Syrup Preparation:

1. Start by boiling 4 cups of water in a pot
2. Add 4 teaspoons fresh grated nutmeg and cut heat down to simmer
3. Stir in 4 cups Demerara sugar until dissolved
4. Take off heat and store in refrigerator over night
5. Use tea strainer to strain out nutmeg and bottle. (can store for 2 weeks)

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