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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

The 5 best daiquiris in Chicago

Chicago's tiki bars are a sure bet for the best daiquiris, but you can find these great classic rum drinks all over the city

By Elizabeth Atkinson
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Looking for the best daiquiris in Chicago? You'll find some of the most refreshing renditions at Chicago's best tiki bars, including Lost Lake and Three Dots and a Dash, as well as various cocktail bars. We need these rum-filled concoctions whether we're looking to survive the winter or celebrating as the mercury rises. No matter the occasion, here's where you can find the best daiquiris in Chicago.

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Best daiquiris in Chicago

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Daily Daiquiri at Lost Lake

Bars Cocktail bars Avondale

Lost Lake makes some of the best tiki cocktails in the city, but one of its best winners is the Daily Daiquiri. The drink changes from day to day, but always stays to the classic daiquiri recipe, with different rums and citrus. No matter what the combination is, it's sure to be a refreshing drink. $8

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Daiquiri at Billy Sunday

Bars Cocktail bars Logan Square

This Logan Square bar with a penchant for interesting ingredients and a long list of amaro also turns out a great daiquiri. The citrusy drink isn't listed on the menu, but if you ask nicely, the bartender will shake up a mean classic daiquiri for you. $11

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Daiquiri at CH Distillery

Bars Cocktail bars West Loop

Looking for a refreshing but strong take on the classic daiquiri? Head to CH Distillery's tasting room, where the house rum is sweetened with a dash of honey and packed with lime. It's the perfect drink to get your night started. $12.

Au Cheval
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Hemingway Daiquiri at Au Cheval

Restaurants Contemporary American West Loop

Everyone goes to Au Cheval for its famous burger, but you’ll need something to drink while you’re waiting for it to arrive. The Hemingway daiquiri offers a distinct take on the classic island drink, featuring a maraschino cherry and a dash of grapefruit juice—exactly the way that the eponymous writer preferred the cocktail. $12

Make it at home

Rum House
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How to make a daiquiri

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Too often the daiquiri gets a bad rep for being overly sweet—but a great daiquiri is perfectly balanced, a bright mix of rum, citrus and cane syrup

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