Tonight's Cocktail - Daiquiri

Larry Trask / Tuesday, March 5, 2013 @ 7:31 a.m. / Cocktail

Lillian Hellman

"Drinking made uninteresting people matter less and, late at night, matter not at all." -- Lillian Hellman. 

Playwright, memoirist, screenwriter, and left-wing iconoclast, Lillian Hellman was many things. Most importantly for us, she was, for some 30 years, partner and drinking buddy to Dashiell Hammett.  Dash knew how to put away a drink and, natch, Lillian was no slouch herself.  When hanging with her other literary pal, Ernest Hemingway, and especially when in Cuba, Lillian chose the venerable daiquiri.

The traditional daiquiri bears little resemblance to the horrid frozen concoction frequently served by slurpee machine in tourist bars. A true daiquiri is, like all classic cocktails, simply made and easily enjoyed.


2 oz. light rum
1 oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz.  simple syrup
Lime wheel

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake very well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel. Drink and let your thoughts go where they may.

For more information about Lillian Hellman, visit Northtown Books in Arcata.