Our Favorite Rums for Making a Daiquiri

They say necessity is the mother of invention. A case in point is the daiquiri, a Cuban-born rum cocktail now one of the great classics.

cocktail daiquiri with rum, lime juice and sugar

According to history, the daiquiri is an invention by an American engineer in Cuba in the 1890s who had no gin for the punch he was making.

At its most basic, the daiquiri is rum, lime juice, and sugar, but it has taken on various iterations. I’ve compiled a list of the best rum for daiquiris to try for your next tropical extravaganza.

Best Rum for Making a Daiquiri


Rum-making is a Caribbean specialty, and each Caribbean country has a unique set of rules and styles. My list of the best rum for daiquiris encompasses a wide range of traditions from new and old distilleries.

Let me know which rum you thought made the best daiquiri in the comments below.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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