Tropical cocktails: Margaritas and Daiquiris

Daiquiris and margaritas are classic tropical cocktails. Both cocktails have a similar taste and they both have Latin American roots. The daiquiri originated in Cuba and the margarita came from Mexico. Both have a similar citrusy taste to them. The main difference between the two is that daiquiris use rum and margaritas use tequila. Both drinks can be served either on the rocks or blended with ice but the traditional way to serve both cocktails is on the rocks.


The original recipe for a daiquiri is:

2 1/2 ounces white rum

1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice

4 teaspoons superfine sugar


1 lime wheel, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, add rum, lime juice and sugar. Add the ice and shake until chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with the lime wheel and serve.

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A margarita is made with similar ingredients but uses tequila in place of rum and uses Cointreau or triple sec instead of sugar. The traditional recipe for a margarita is:

1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila

1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice



Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime juice and shake well. Strain the drink into a chilled glass.


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Both of these drinks can be made with variations and use other ingredients to give them other fruit flavors but these are the traditional recipes. Now that you know how easy it is to make daiquiris and margaritas, make them and compare to see which one you like better. Cheers!