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While working on a host of new drinks for the El Vaquero drink menu, I found several references to a Nacional Daiquiri, created at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba using apricot brandy.

Never able to leave well enough alone, I fooled around with proportions and flavors until I came up with this twist on the hotel’s famous daiquiri. It’s been a huge hit this spring.

Nacional Print Me

  • 1.5 oz/45 ml Bacardi Superior rum
  • .75 oz/22.5 ml apricot brandy
  • 1 oz/30 ml fresh lime juice
  • .75 oz/22.5 ml 2:1 simple syrup
  • 2 generous dashes Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
  1. Shake ingredients well over cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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