Friday, January 7, 2011

Mai-Kai's Derby Daiquiri - A recipe and history

Mai-Kai's Derby Daiquiri - an ad for Daiquiri Mix from the Miami News, March 29,1962
(Use search box at right to find more "Florida History")

Here’s a recipe for the Derby Daiquiri, the official drink of the Florida Derby in March, 1962. 

How to Make a perfect Derby Daiquiri
½ oz Daiquiri Mix
1 ½ oz fresh orange juice
1 ½ oz white Puerto Rican rum
1 cup crushed ice
15-20 seconds in Waring Blender. Serve unstrained
As claimed in an ad for Daiquiri Mix in 1962, “The Derby Daiquiri is the invention of an inspired bartender at the Mai-Kai.” 
Yes -  it's still served at this landmark Fort Lauderdale restaurant. 

Tags: Fort Lauderdale nightspot, Fort Lauderdale dining, Mai-Kai, Polynesian review


Anonymous said...

Saw a segment on Local 10 news this am about a signature drink for the Florida Derby...isn't the Derby Daiquiri still the "Official" drink of the Florida Derby?

Jane Feehan said...

Yes, I believe it still is ...

Damon @ Let's Tiki said...

I just made myself a Derby Daiquiri tonight for the first time. It was really good. The orange juice is a fun change to the traditional daiquiri. I love the old ad. Thanks for sharing it!