The daiquiri was first recorded in the late 19th century in Cuba as a mixture of rum, lime and sugar served over ice. In the years since its origin, it’s become one of the most popular cocktails in the world, and one that is often experimented with due to its versatility. Whether you like yours heavy on the lime, frozen, or with other fruity mixins like strawberry, the daiquiri is always a great warm weather choice. These Philadelphia spots offer some of the best you’ll find in the city.

The Library Bar
The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215) 546-9000
www.rittenhousehotel.com

Located in The Rittenhouse Hotel, The Library Bar is a 20-seat cocktail bar that gets its name from its intimate atmosphere and impressive collection of fine art and books. It’s one of the best hotel bars in the city and serves a diverse selection of craft cocktails, wine, beer and spirits. The “Caribbean Beet” is a $16 daiquiri on the new spring cocktail list. It’s an earthy twist on the classic daiquiri made with Zaya aged rum, beet nectar and lime.

Copabanana
4000 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 382-1330
www.copacabana.com

The original Copacabana has been a South Street favorite for over 35 years, but the University City location has become a popular Penn hot spot in its own right. The fun atmosphere, drink specials and menu of gourmet burgers, famous Spanish fries, Caribbean fare and more keep students (and those in search of a good time) coming in every day of the week. The strawberry daiquiri is a standout favorite. It’s served frozen in a 16-oz. Poco glass and topped with whipped cream.

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Franky Bradley’s
1320 Chancellor St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 735-0735
www.frankybradleys.com

Franky Bradley’s opened in early 2015 in the space formerly occupied by Sisters Nightclub, but it was actually a sort of reimagined reopening considering Frankie (with an –ie) Bradley’s was formerly in the space from the 1930s to 1986. It has a bit of a “Mad Men” meets American medieval vibe with the type of funky touches that Owner Mark Bee is known for. While the entertainment and décor skews to kitschy, the cocktails are classics. The “Hemingway Daiquiri” mixes Bacardi Superior rum, freshly-squeezed lime and grapefruit with a splash of maraschino for $10.

Brick And Mortar
315 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-1596
www.brickandmortarphilly.com

Brick and Mortar opened last summer in Callowhill and quickly became a neighborhood gathering spot known for its warm and friendly atmosphere and rustic of American tavern food. Lead Bartender Christina Rando heads a bar program that is both advanced and approachable. There are two standout daiquiris, both priced at $10. A favorite is the “Split-based Daiquiri” made with a split base of Flor de Caña four-year extra dry rum and Wray & Nephew overproof rum. The Wray & Nephew provides a punchy, overripe banana flavor. It’s finished with lime juice and simple syrup for a light and refreshing drink. A riff on the traditional daiquiri, the “Dread Pirate Westley” is on the brunch menu. It’s made with a split base of Cruzan white rum and Flor de Caña extra dry white rum and finished with lime juice and blueberry rooibos tea syrup.

Alma de Cuba
1623 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 988-1799
www.almadecubarestaurant.com

Being that the daiquiri originated in Cuba, any respectable Cuban restaurant should serve a quality daiquiri. Stephen Starr’s Alma de Cuba has it covered with its take on the traditional “Hemingway” made with smooth Don Q Cristal rum, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, lime juice and fresh grapefruit juice. The result is sweet, sour and plenty strong. Visit during happy hour between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays to pair your drink with $5 appetizers such as empanadas and bacon-wrapped dates.

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Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area.
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