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The 10 Best Spots to Celebrate National Daiquiri Day in New York City

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|by Mikey Miller |

Sip some delicious daiquiris on July 19th

On Friday, July 19th, just eight days after National Mojito Day, it’s time for us to celebrate another Caribbean-inspired drink: the daiquiri. The exact origin of the daiquiri is unknown, but Daiquirí is the name of a beach in Cuba, and it was believed to be invented by an American engineer who was in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. A classic daiquiri consists of rum, a citrus (usually lime) juice, and sugar, but you can often find multitudes of fruity variations. In honor of National Daiquiri Day, here’s a list of some of our favorite places in New York where you can sip one this summer.

A frozen strawberry daiquiri is just one tasty variety on offer in New York City (Photo: iStock)

A frozen strawberry daiquiri is just one tasty variety on offer in New York City (Photo: iStock)

BlackTail has its roots in flight. Drawing inspiration from the alcohol enthusiasts who left America during Prohibition to continue their alcoholic pursuits, BlackTail was established by two men who flew from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to New York City to achieve their goal of “creat(ing) the world’s best cocktail bar,” a feat they were told they accomplished at the Tales of the Cocktail festival. This Battery Park favorite is swimming in daiquiris; on top of the classic, they have four fresh fruit flavors: coconut, banana, pineapple and strawberry.

With a name that translates to legend in English, Leyenda is a pan-Latin cocktail bar in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. Its mission is to serve cocktails and spirits from all around the Latin American world, as well as both traditional and modern takes on dishes from the Spanish-speaking world. Visit Leyenda for an affordable meal (its most expensive menu items are ceviche and churrasco skirt steak, both available for $17), and to enjoy the Daiquiri al Pastor, a cocktail with pork fat-washed white rum, achiote, pineapple, agave, lime, cilantro and a chicharron (pork rind) salt rim.

The Rum House
It’s unsurprising that you’ll be able to find excellent daiquiris at a bar that brands itself as a temple of rum. Often deemed one of the best cocktail bars in New York City, this Times Square establishment abounds with live piano and jazz music performances every night, ensuring you are in the mood to enjoy a fine drink. In the spirit of celebrating rum, The Rum House allows you to order a daiquiri “your way,” allowing you to choose between three rums: Plantation 3 Stars (which can also be made pineapple-flavored), Santa Teresa 1796 and Banks 5 Island.

Otto’s Shrunken Head
Otto’s Shrunken Head is a tiki bar and lounge in the East Village that has been wowing patrons since 2002. Over the past seventeen years, Otto’s has transformed into a more rock-and-roll tiki bar, and relatively quickly after opening its doors, it started featuring live musicians of all kinds, cementing its place in the eclectic and exciting East Village music scene. At Otto’s Shrunken Head, on top of relishing all other types of classic tiki drinks, you can get even cooler this summer and drink some frozen daiquiris, which come in banana, mango and strawberry flavors.

Bar Belly
Formerly known as Lead Belly, the renamed Bar Belly can be found in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. However, the joint has only rebranded itself in terms of name, not in terms of what it sells. Hop over to Bar Belly to enjoy some delicious specialty cocktails, wines and small plates (some of which include a cheese and charcuterie board, sliders and burrata), as well as an oyster bar. And Bar Belly features a daiquiri bursting with pineapple flavor, which it calls the Pineapple Express, and is made of a pineapple-infused rum blend, fresh lime juice and pineapple. During happy hour (5 to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday), you can get a Pineapple Express for just $9.

The Happiest Hour
It’s always five o’clock somewhere, and at The Happiest Hour, you’re almost lost in time, with a decor reminiscent of Floridian and Californian beach resorts of yesteryear. This West Village joint boasts a menu full of affordable sandwiches, salads and burgers (one of which is award-winning), and it has been lauded in publications such as the New York Times, Eater, Bon Appétit and The Infatuation. In terms of daiquiris, The Happiest Hour has one concocted of Appleton rum, Santa Teresa rum, Rhum JM, lemon syrup and lime juice.

Sid Gold’s Request Room
The Chelsea-located Sid Gold’s Request Room is a modern take on the classic piano bar. Sid Gold’s is made of two different rooms, and customers can choose where they will hang out. The front room is more of a classic bar, adorned in cocktail merchandise and memorabilia, and the back room is the baby grand piano bar. Guests are encouraged to request songs in the piano bar room, and they often lead their fellow patrons in sing-along renditions of their favorite numbers. For $13, you can grab a Hemingway daiquiri (rum, maraschino liqueur, lime and grapefruit) to savor with the music.

Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl, situated on Avenue A in Alphabet City, describes itself as a “post-modern Polynesian restaurant and cocktail bar.” With an entirely fruit and vegetable-based menu, Mother of Pearl is the place to go for both delicious and healthy food. The restaurant features its vegetarian takes on classic Polynesian dishes, serving items like sweet potato sashimi, watermelon poke and Korean fried cauliflower. You won’t be disappointed in the daiquiri selection either, for Mother of Pearl has four frozen daiquiri options on its menu: the frozen classic, the Cuba Libre float, the Cherry Coke float and the Vanilla coke float.

Dutch Kills
If you want to explore the Queens daiquiri scene, Dutch Kills is the place for you to go. This Long Island City bar has a drink menu six pages long, and it’s definitely the place to visit if you’re hungry for a sandwich to go with your daiquiri. Dutch Kills houses Hendu’s, its resident pop-up sandwich shop, which serves roast beef, turkey, beer-braised pork shoulder, and roasted vegetable sandwiches seven nights a week from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. And the Dutch Kills pineapple daiquiri consists of Haitian rum, fresh pineapple and lime juices, and sugar.

Transport yourself back in time to the 1930s-themed Hi-Life on the Upper West Side. With lavish decor representing and celebrating a decade long gone, Hi-Life has extravagant brunch, dinner and late-night menus, as well as one dedicated solely to sushi and sashimi, ensuring that no matter what cuisine you enjoy best, you can find it somewhere on a Hi-Life menu. In terms of daiquiris, you can find four flavors of frozen ones at Hi-Life: classic, strawberry, peach and mango.

For more of the best of the city this summer, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in July 2019

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