When veteran Milk & Honey bartenders Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy set out to transform their former workplace into a cocktail lover’s go-to with a vibe that’s a bit more low-key chill than buttoned-up swank, they did so with an eye toward simplicity and creativity. There’s no menu at this Lower East Side neo-speakeasy. Instead, each customer has a one-on-one chat with the friendly, attentive staff to determine which ingenious libation might best suit their particular tastes. Ask for something refreshing made with white rum, and you may just be directed to the bar’s beloved pineapple daiquiri, a delicately balanced ode to the islands that is as smooth as it is strong. For something a tad more original, try mixologist Tom Walker’s award-winning Maid in Cuba, a mouth-watering variation that incorporates muddled mint leaves and cucumbers into the traditional recipe, served up in an absinthe-rinsed glass.
Listen up, rumrunners: Daiquiris aren’t just for drinking while lounging poolside in Havana (though that’s nice, too). Instead of boarding a Caribbean-bound boat to get your hands on these thirst-quenching tropical cocktails made from white rum, simple syrup and tart lime, just head to these 10 bars. As classic cocktails continue to charm, daiquiris and their derivatives have successfully distanced themselves from their syrupy, spring-break-in-Cabo reputation, reclaiming their place at the tiki bars alongside their more respected whiskey and gin-based counterparts. Make like a modern-day Papa and see for yourself with a frozen drink at one of these ten daiquiri-peddling destinations.
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