Spirit Guide: Why Dave Fernie (of Honeycut) Loves Daiquiris

February 18th, 2014 — 3:08pm

On any given night behind the stick, one of the most common questions a bartender gets is “What’s your favorite cocktail?”

I always try to answer this one pretty honestly, because I’m sure that the answer is rather shocking to most guests.  You see me, this tattooed, gruff looking dude, and you probably imagine me sipping a hefty whiskey based concoction, but in reality, I’m a fan of Daiquiris.  Like most of us, I’m a sucker for well done simplicity.  And a precisely executed Daiquiri is a thing of immense beauty.  The vast majority of people I give this answer to actually scoff or take it as a joke, but no shit, I love rum, lime and sugar.  The really great thing is that when you get to make one of these for most people, they’re pretty floored to get it.  Most of the folks bellying up to your bar haven’t taken the time to really enjoy a well made simple drink.  They probably spend most of their time at bars sucking down muddled salads and navigating uni-laden bar menus.  Nothing could be further from appealing to me.

Most bartenders (at reputable watering holes) have a pretty deep well of knowledge when it comes to cocktails, but walk up to almost any bar, order a Daiquiri, and not only have you probably earned the respect of the gentleman or lady preparing your drink, but you’ve also given yourself a damn good barometer for whether or not your money is well spent in this particular establishment.  With a daiquiri, there’s nowhere to hide bad ingredients, everything is right up front, and everything from bad technique to rancid citrus is apparent within the first sip.

So the next time you’re at a new place, and have a hankering for something delicious. but don’t want to take the time to peruse their menu, or maybe you’re just illiterate, skip the “what’s good here?” and go for a daiquiri.  If it’s good, you can bet their probably doing a decent job on the rest of the drinks they’re putting out.  If it sucks, save your palette the abuse and go for a beer and a slug of some neat spirit.

Dave Fernie/Honeycut/General Manager