After originating in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, the daiquiri came to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century and became more common during the second World War. The cocktail typically is based on rum, citrus juice, simple syrup or sugar. Fans of the classic beverage in Connecticut have several places to visit when they want to enjoy one. These state bars and restaurants all prepare a first-rate daiquiri.
Parallel Post
180 Hawley Lane
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 380-6380
www.parallelpostrestaurant.comParallel Post, located in the Trumbull Marriott, is a cut above the usual hotel lounge. It is a farm-to-table restaurant that uses local produce, natural meats and seafood, and no artificial preservatives. The other big draw is the bar, which is manned by expert mixologist “Bootleg” Greg Genius. One of his specialties is a strawberry daiquari that uses Wray and Nephew Overproof rum and adds a touch of Peychaud’s bitters. But he is such a pro he’d be happy to prepare it with any variations you desire.
116 Crown
116 Crown St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 777-3116
www.116crown.comNew Haven’s premier cocktail lounge is the perfect spot for a Papa Doble. This close relative of the daquiri, which adds grapefruit juice and Luxardo maraschino liqueur, was made famous by Ernest Hemingway, who enjoyed them at his favorite Cuban bar El Floradita. It is double the size of the usual daiquiri and doesn’t taste as sweet (Hemingway didn’t care for sugar in his drinks). 116 Crown also serves up the classic drink under the name The Dye-Ker-Ree. As with all of its cocktails, both are made with in-house syrup and freshly squeezed juice.
15 Harbor Point Road
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 98-7500
www.palomagrill.comThe author of “The Sun Also Rises” was well known for his love of daquiris, and the Latin grill Paloma includes among its craft cocktails another variant in his honor. Just ask for the Alegre Hemingway, which uses Atlantico Reserva rum and is similar to a Papa Doble, but with a touch of lemon and the addition of Avion Aneja tequilla. It will taste great with tapas like steak and cheese empanadas or eggplant meatballs. Paloma has a large outdoor patio with a great view of the harbor.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville At Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Uncasville, CT 06382
(860) 862-2626
www.margaritavillemohegansun.comIn the warm weather months nothing hits the spot like a good frozen daiquiri, and you can find them in Mohegan Sun casino at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The tropical-themed bar offers them in five different fruit flavors — strawberry, raspberry, banana, mango and pineapple. All are mixed with Conch Republic light rum. There is also a non-frozen lime daiquiri made with Mount Gay silver rum and powdered sugar served on the rocks.Related:  Top Mixologist Bars In Connecticut 

Sign Of The Whale
6 Harbor Point Road
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 883-8282
www.signofthewhalect.comOne of Stamford’s hottest new restaurants, Sign of the Whale at Harbor Point is poised to become even more popular this year thanks to its recently revamped menu. That includes a new line of frozen drinks it introduced this spring. Go for the Dragon Daquiri made with Bacardi Dragonberry rum, fresh strawberries and lime juice. Enjoy it with some good friends on the 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar that overlooks the city for an incomparable summer evening.Related: Top Bourbon Cocktails In Connecticut

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