Anyone who knows me well, knows that tequila is my all-time favorite libation—but rum is a close second. So, just in time for National Daiquiri Day on July 19, I want to share this very unique rum that will elevate your Daiquiri experience. Called Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, it is as fun to say as it is to drink. Best of all, it’s easy to find, available at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, and Whole Foods and Total Wine stores across Orange County ($35 for a 750 ml bottle).
What makes Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva so special? This Venezuelan import, distilled from molasses in a copper pot before being aged for 12 years in oak casks, is rich, sweet, and fruity, with notes of maple syrup, orange peel, brown sugar, and licorice. And the bottle itself is beautiful, sure to make a statement on your bar cart. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned tapster, you’ll find it a one-of-a-kind, complex libation that offers the perfect base for this classic concoction.
1 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into daiquiri or cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.