The history of the Daiquirí Cocktail most likely started in the small village of Daiquirí, which lies outside of Santiago de Cuba.
During the war, American mining engineers stationed in the area began drinking a mixture of lime, rum, sugar, and soda water. Since they all worked in the Daiquirí mine, they started calling this drink „Daiquirí“. From there, the cocktail started to spread to other Cuban towns like Santiago and Havana where local bars like the American-style bar the „El Floridita“ started to serve the drink to the guests coming back from Daiquiri. El Floridita also provided a forum for Constantino Ribalaigua Vert, known as “The Cocktail King of Cuba,” to invent over 200 drinks and to modify many others, including the daiquiri. Although Ribalaigua did not invent the Daiquiri, he did fine-tune it. He was the first to add chipped ice, a slightly more frappe-like version of today's frozen daiquiri.