Speaking of summertime cocktails, the Daiquiri is a citrusy sweet marriage of rum and lime. Ingredients. 2 oz. white rum. 1/2 tsp. superfine sugar. 1/2 oz. lime juice. Directions. Squeeze lime into a shaker, stir in sugar, then add rum. Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. More on the Daiquiri here.
This the drink Ernest Hemingway made famous. It tastes damn good, whether you're stateside or abroad in Cuba. Ingredients. 2 oz. white rum. 1/2 oz. lime juice. 1 tsp. superfine sugar. 3 mint leaves. club soda. Directions. Muddle lime juice with sugar in a Collins glass. Add mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice, add rum, then top off with spent lime shells and club soda.
Essentially New Orleans' version of the the classic whiskey cocktail (whiskey, water, bitters, sugar), the sazerac has been around since the middle of the 19th century. It is named after a brand of cognac called Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils, which was the original liquor used to make the drink.
As for the name "Old Fashioned," that didn't come about until 1881, when a bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky made the drink—this time with bourbon, bitters, club soda, muddled sugar, and ice—to honor Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who eventually brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.