Cruelly wrested from its simple Latin American origin and recipe, the classic daiquiri has been dumped into blenders, saturated with sugar, overpowered with fruit and lathered with artificial flavorings.

Cruelly wrested from its simple Latin American origin and recipe, the classic daiquiri has been dumped into blenders, saturated with sugar, overpowered with fruit and lathered with artificial flavorings.

Some companies do all of the above at once and sell their inventions at the grocery store at room temperature.

It wasn't always so.

About a century ago, the classic daiquiri was a sublime and simple drink - easy to make, easy to enjoy.

It can be so again.

Here's a quick, easy recipe for your new summer cocktail.

Ingredients:

2 oz. white rum

Juice from half a lime

2 tsp. white sugar

Directions:

1. Pour lime juice, sugar and rum into a martini shaker and add a good amount of ice. I use sugar, though purists will insist on using a half-ounce of simple syrup.

2. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Shaking adds some extra volume and allows the sugar and lime juice to properly dissolve. Strain well to remove any pulp.

3. Pour into a chilled martini glass or champagne saucer. Garnish with a lime wheel. This recipe makes a stronger, less tart drink than other formulas, so feel free to experiment with ingredient amounts to find your ideal mix.