Today is National Daiquiri Day, a fun holiday dedicated to celebrating the sweet and tangy rum-based cocktail. With so many different daiquiri flavors and book genres, why not pair the two and enjoy both simultaneously? To complete this nifty list, I’ll suggest some specific books to check out too!
Here are seven daiquiri and literary genre pairings for National Daiquiri Day!
CLASSICS – Hemingway Daiquiri
The famous American writer Ernest Hemingway actually helped create this daiquiri flavor with Cuban bartender Antonio Meilan. This type is made with white rum, fresh lime juice, and fresh grapefruit juice. What better way to sip on this classic drink while reading a classic novel?
Recommended Read: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
BEACH READ – Frozen Pineapple Mango Daiquiri
Is “beach read” an official literary genre? Maybe not, but for the sake of summer and pairing it with a daiquiri let’s assume it is. Made with white rum, frozen mango, fresh pineapple, and a hint of lime, let this delicious drink transport you from the comfort of your backyard to a sunny, warm tropical beach.
Recommended Read: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
MYSTERY – Coffee-Infused Raspberry Daiquiri
This daiquiri is ideal for when you’re not in the mood for something super fruity. Coffee-infused rum, fresh raspberries, and a dash of cocoa all blend perfectly to give you a savory, semi-sweet drink. As this type sounds a bit more serious and darker than other daiquiris, let’s pair it with a more serious and darker literary genre: mystery.
Recommended Read: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
ROMANCE – Roasted Pineapple Strawberry Daiquiri
Summer is a great time to pick up some fast-paced, steamy, and addicting romance novels. Similar to how you might find yourself wrapped up in a novel that you simply can’t put down, this daiquiri recipe will definitely become your go-to summer drink. The delicious fresh roasted pineapple, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and strawberry daiquiri cocktail will make you swoon, just like your juicy, alluring romantic read!
Recommended Read: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
FANTASY – Hurricane Daiquiri
Fantasy is a genre where you often don’t know what to expect; the suspenseful atmosphere fantasy creates means that plot twists and excitement may happen at any given moment. The Hurricane daiquiri will definitely surprise you with its deliciousness. Spiced rum, dark rum, passion fruit, mango juice, and a sweet and sour mix make this drink as flavorful as it is satisfying. The unique blend of flavors make this daiquiri tropical, savory, hearty, and sweet all at once. For me, I like a fantasy that combines a lot of unique, individual elements to form a complete story.
Recommended Read: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
HISTORICAL FICTION – Frozen Apple Daiquiri
This recipe is an ideal option for when you’re missing the cool autumn weather during the summer months. Made with apple butter, apple juice/cider, rum, amaretto, and maple syrup, this frozen apple daiquiri will leave with the urge to don a knit sweater, light a pumpkin candle, and jump into a pile of leaves. Although it’s served frozen, the toasty flavors will leave you feeling cozy and warm inside. Like this daiquiri, historical fiction contains many different dynamics such as sorrow, pain, adventure, romance, deceit, humor, and self-discovery.
Recommended Read: A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein
POETRY/DRAMA – Lemongrass Strawberry Daiquiri
When I think about poetry and drama, I think of these art mediums as being very “raw” and “natural.” While individuals have to imagine and create poetry and theatrical stories, there is something very real and impactful about watching artists perform onstage (live in a theater or at a poetry reading) which you don’t necessarily experience while reading a book or watching a film. Therefore, why not pair these literary genres with a daiquiri that tastes sweet, sour, and refreshing all at once? With fresh strawberries, lemongrass paste, and lemongrass simple syrup, this daiquiri is a perfect match for when you feel like reading your favorite poetry or play.
Recommended Read: The Seagull by Anton Chekhov