Daiquiri is also the name of a beach and an iron mine near Santiago, Cuba and is a word of Taino origin.
The drink was supposedly invented by an American mining engineer, named Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American War.
It is also possible that William A. Chanler, a US congressman who purchased the Santiago iron mines in 1902, introduces the daiquiri to clubs in New York in that year.
Three Puerto Rican bartenders contest the ownership of their national drink. Ramón ’Monchito’ Marrero Pérez claims to have first made it at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan on 15 August 1952, using the then newly available Coco López cream of coconut.
Even though the birthplace of the Mojito belongs in Havana the origin of this drink is subject to debate. One story traces the Mojito to a similar drink, El Draque, named after the Brittish sea captain Francis Drake. After an epidemic broke out on his ship he heard that South American Indians used the drink to cure Dysentry and Scurvy. The original drink was made with aguardiente de cana (fire water), lime sugarcane juice and mint.
The exact origin and inventor of the margarita is unknown. One of the earliest stories is of the margarita being invented in 1938 by Carlos ’Danny’ Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico, created for customer and former Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King, who was allergic to many spirits, but not tequila.