MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 18 & 19 – Derby Daiquiri and Don`s Daiquiri

I love the daiquiri! it´s so simple and tasty and the base of so many cocktails..

Since there´s two daiquiris in the Grog Log with just one drink in between (the Don`s own Planter`s) i put them together here in the same post.

The first is the Derby Daiquiri – a tasty daiquiri that also contains orange juice. It was created by Mariano Licudine from Mai Kai who also had been bartender at Don the Beachcomber’s in Chicago and Hollywood before being hand-picked for Mai Kai.

He created this drink for a Rums of Puerto Rico cocktail competition in 1959 and the drink has also been named the signature drink of the Gulfstream Racetrack’s Florida Derby.

Originally it was served with crushed ice and an ice shell, (must have been fabulously stunning) but since i recently did a post on ice molds i`m not into making an ice shell right now and so i make the drink the way it´s described in Grog Log – which goes just as well and is something you can serve daily if you wish.


1 oz orange juice

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup

1.5 oz light Puerto Rican rum (didn´t have that so i used Havana Club blanco)

Blend with a handful of crushed ice for 15 sec. Serve in small wine goblet.

I really like the daiquiri and this version with orange juice is tasty. I had such a large glass that i made a double. Its simple, tasty and easy to make.

The next daquiri is Don´s daiquiri which uses honey-mix as sweetener.


0.75 oz fresh lime juice

0.75 oz honey-mix

2 0z light Puerto Rican rum

Shake like hell with ice cubes and strain into saucer champagne glass.

Made by Don The beachcomber in Honolulu, Hawaii cirka 1950.

Clean, tasty…and very nice! yep the daquiri is one of the cocktail icons and forefather to many great cocktails. One of my absolute favorites together with the Mai Tai, Sazerac and Julep.

7 Replies to “MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 18 & 19 – Derby Daiquiri and Don`s Daiquiri”

  1. No you can´t! it`s one of my fav drinks. Do you remember the daiquiris we got over at Meade in Nola last year? with vintage Lemon Hart?

  2. i´m saving a bit os Banks to mix me a Don´s Daiquiri soon… i can tell it´s going to work very well!

    You just can´t go wrong with a Daiquiri!

  3. Rowen -YES it is!;-)

    gyr8or – yes it`s a 1:1 dillution! sorry for my late reply, i`ve been buried in work. (not the blog;-)

    Drinking In America – thanks for your comment! i`ve added your blog to my links, would appreciate if you´d do the same!

  4. Tiare, looking forward to trying the Derby! Don’s daiquiri sounds good, too. We have a holiday weekend coming here in the US, Memorial Day…looking forward to kicking back with one or both of these!

    Question, is the Honey Mix a 1:1 dilution with water? You probably gave a recipe in another post.

    Clark C
    Falls Church, VA USA

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