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Taking It Slow: Some Great Drinks Take Time

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All the really great drinks are simple affairs. Martinis and Manhattans barely take more than the 20 to 30 seconds needed to stir them. Margaritas are just as fast despite having to take a few seconds to properly salt the rim. The modern classic Cosmopolitan? That's just a Margarita with a citron vodka base and a splash of cranberry juice. I can hear some of you protesting "What about a strawberry Daiquiri?" Those of you protesting that one are wrong. It's not a good drink, it's a sugar-induced hangover waiting to happen.

The strawberry Daiquiri may be an abomination, but it is on the right track for a great time-consuming drink, the Daiquiri. Despite being the father of tacky frozen fruit boat drinks, the original Daiquiri is a class act. It's certainly simple: Just silver rum, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and a touch of sugar. It looks like a snap to put together, but there's a detail worth extra time.

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JK Grence
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