Get Your Drink On for National Daiquiri Day this Friday, July 19

Originally the daiquiri was "was served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of white rum completed the mixture. The glass was then frosted by stirring with a long-handled spoon. Later the Daiquirí evolved to be mixed in a shaker with the same ingredients but with shaved ice. After a thorough shaking, it was poured into a chilled flute glass." Fast forward 100+ years and you have National Daiquiri Day where the drink is now blended, iced, available in every fruit flavor you can imagine and even found in virgin forms (FAIL...we know ;)

Here's a fun recipe to help you celebrate the day along with some other summertime cocktail ideas:

Blue Chair Bay Rum Strawberry Basil Daiquiri

2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Rum
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 strawberry, sliced
2 basil leaves

Muddle the strawberry and basil in the lime juice and simple syrup. Add Blue Chair Bay rum and ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish: floating basil leaf

Wet Money
LEGAL (BAR)TENDER

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay White Rum
3/4 oz. orgeat (almond) syrup
1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse® liqueur
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

Shake ingredients very well with ice in cocktail shaker. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Show off: Skewer a long, curved lime peel on a cool plastic sword.

10 with a 2
DON'T WORRY, IT'S EASY MATH.

2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
10 mint leaves
Juice of 1 lime wedge
Splash of simple syrup
1 oz. light lager beer or club soda

Shake all ingredients with ice (except for the beer/soda, dude) in a cocktail shaker. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Top with beer/soda and a nice mint sprig.

Sumthin' Blue
BLUE, WHITE, AND BLUE = YOU

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay White Rum
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao®
1 oz. white cranberry juice (or white grape juice)

Shake ingredients very well with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Awesome touch: A floating star anise or strawberry slice. Not for beginners: Add a star fruit on rim of the glass.

Sixth Gear
WITH NOWHERE TO STEER

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum
3 oz. ginger beer (or ginger ale, if your beer is all gone)
3 oz. light lager beer
1 dash Angostura® bitters (optional)

Pour directly over ice into a tall beer glass or mug. Stir, add a lime AND NO DRIVING.

Shooting Star
REV IT UP

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum
Energy drink, like Red Bull®

Pour that good stuff into a rocks glass with ice. Stir briefly. Or not. Don't forget to add a lime wedge or three. Did you make one for Kenny? He's looking empty.

Sailor's Soul
THE SEA MEETS THE SPICE

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum
1 strawberry, cut and muddled
1 lemon wedge
1 tsp. agave nectar
2 dashes Angostura® bitters

Muddle the strawberry and lemon wedge in the agave. Add Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum, bitters, and ice. Shake like crazy. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Add a strawberry slice and lemon wheel.

Pirate Flag
WHAT KENNY'S HAVING

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
Diet Coke®

You know how to mix these, right? Get fancy: Add a lemon wedge. Awesomeness: It's less than 125 calories.

Piña Colada
BLENDED THE BLUE CHAIR BAY WAY

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
1 oz. cream of coconut
1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice

Chuck it all into a blender with a cup of ice. Hit the button and hold onto your hat. Pour into a hurricane glass. Add breakfast: A lime wheel, cherry, and/or pineapple spear.

Pile Up
RASPBERRIES MAKE IT ROCK

2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
5 raspberries
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
splash of simple syrup
splash of ginger ale

Shake all ingredients (except for ice) in a cocktail shaker. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Top off with the ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wheel and raspberries—what else?

Island Girl
COCONUT MEETS ITS MATCH

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut
1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. lemon-lime soda

Build ingredients directly into a tall glass with ice. Stir and flirt. Want produce? Add an orange slice and cherry.

Cinnamon Sun
COCONUT SQUARED

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum
1 1/2 oz. Vita Coco® coconut water

Add directly to an ice-filled highball glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar and stir briefly. Put some mint on it and rock. Go Skinny: rim with cinnamon/Truvia® blend—less than 150 calories!

Scallywag
WHITE MEETS ELDERFLOWER

1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay White Rum
3/4 oz. St. Germain® Elderflower liqueur
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
splash of simple syrup
2 oz. club soda
1 dash Angostura® bitters

Build ingredients directly into rocks glass filled with ice. Roll it, baby. Whip some fruit on it if ya like.

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