The tart, lime-y daiquiri tends to get classified as a “summer beverage”. Luckily, the beverage gurus as PUNCH have developed a few tweaks to ready the classic cocktail for cold-weather imbibing.
First, start with the rum. Instead of reaching for something funky and light, try a darker offering such Appleton Estate’s Signature Blend or Hamilton’s Black. Punch actually has a ton of tasty dark rum suggestions, so be sure to click the link below to read up on all of them. Once you have your spirit picked out, try one (or more) of the below add-ins to really ready your drink for a cold day:
- Swap Out the Sweetener: Syrups made with brown sugars can add depth and richness, and honey can “accentuate the molasses note present in many aged rums.” If you want to get really crazy, you can play around with flavored syrups like cinnamon and vanilla. Just be sure to use these sparingly, as they have a higher level of “perceived sweetness.”
- Use Warm Garnishes: A clove in a strip of orange zest, a torched cinnamon stick, and freshly grated nutmeg are all good options.
- Rim It With Something Spicy: A sugared rim “dolled up with finely ground dehydrated citrus peel or spices” can make a big aromatic impact, even if you only apply it to half of the rim.
If that mix isn’t wintry enough for you, I suggest you try a toddy, or maybe a hot buttered rum. It doesn’t get much more wintry than hot buttered rum.
How to Hack Your Daiquiri for Winter [PUNCH] Photo by Claire Lower.