Aside from the martini, there is no cocktail that’s been bastardized more than Hemingway’s beloved daiquiri. The classic blend of white rum, simple syrup, and lime juice has been transformed into more variations of a tropical booze smoothie than we can count. And while no one’s mad at a fruity beachside daiquiri, there’s a certain beauty to the real thing. Here’s where to find the best in town.
Alma de Cuba
If the balmy weather has you in need of a bit of refreshment, Rittenhouse’s Alma de Cuba has you covered with a special take on the Hemingway with Don Q Crystal, Luxardo, and fresh grapefruit and lime. (1623 Walnut St.; 215-988-1799)
Petruce’s happy hour is one of the best in town and from the hours of 5 to 7 p.m. they’re shaking up four classic cocktails at $7 each. Made using the recipe that would make Papa proud, this version defines the refreshing nature of the drink. (1121 Walnut St.; 267-225-8232)
Transforming an old supper club into a reimagined hot spot, owner Mark Bee knows not to mess with success. At Franky’s, the daiquiri begins with Bacardi and adds freshly squeezed citrus and a splash of maraschino. (1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735)
The folks behind this Fishtown tiki paradise will be more than happy to make you a classic daiquiri, but if you want to get a little outside of the box, go with the Missionary’s Downfall, white rum and lime with honey, mint, pineapple, and creme de peche. (1444 Frankford Ave.; 267-909-8740)
This French corner bistro’s take on the daiquiri heads down to Havana with the Old Cuban, a variation that muddles lime and mint with rum and tops it off with a float of sparkling wine. (614 S 7th St.; 215-625-3700)
Photos: Daiquiri by The Drink Nation; Bar via Alma de Cuba
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