Daiquiri is a famous cocktail consisting of rum, some citrus juice, and some sweetener. Today we will focus on a strawberry daiquiri. This cocktail is a popular one during hot summers, and no one will debate that fact. It’s a classic variation of the standard recipe involving rum. The daiquiri can be typically made with frozen or shaken drinks, with the strawberries used being fresh or frozen themselves. Strawberry adds a refreshing flavor that’s best for hot summers and is highly stimulating. Today we will share the two magical recipes involving both frozen as well as shaken cocktails. You can choose the one that best suits your needs.
You can use the blender to make the strawberry daiquiri, and that’s the most preferred method as the drink feels like a rich smoothie with a nice touch of rum for the fresh fruit booze. If you do not have any blender handy, don’t worry because the shaken strawberry daiquiri tastes equally good. Irrespective of the making process, the ingredients always remain the same no matter what.
With or Without Ice – What Tastes Better?
Ice is recommended, but considering the heat in summers, the ice in your cocktail will melt, and a few sips later, it will start to taste watery. That’s the reason the best way to make a strawberry daiquiri is to freeze the strawberry themselves. This way, you avoid entirely or reduce the need for ice in the cocktail. Also, the fruit smoothie will provide for that excellent slushy consistency that feels real, tasty, and fresh. The strawberry slush will be so intense in strawberry flavor that it will override the rum flavor. This can be dangerous as there is still quite an amount of liquor there, but you won’t taste it. You will realize only a couple of rounds later when the alcohol kicks in.
Strawberry Daiquiri Benefits
Benefits of Strawberry Daiquiris are everything that comes to mind when I think of cocktails:
- Looks very impressive with the bright red color.
- It looks cheerful and fantastic to taste with the refreshing flavor of natural strawberries.
- The goodness of the antioxidants in strawberries will help cancel out the harmful effects of the liquor.
- The perfect slushy consistency makes it more attractive as if eating a sorbet, despite being relatively light as it has a fruit base.
- Even with a decent amount of rum, it’s easy to drink without tasting too much alcohol.
These are the reasons strawberry daiquiri scores so high.
Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe
- Fresh strawberries that are entirely frozen,
- Some white rum like Bacardi or Havana Club
- Citrus juice: Preferably Lime or lemon
- Some sugar syrup.
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri – Important things to note
- We need the freshest strawberries you can get your hands on as the older ones will alter the taste. The downside of using all frozen strawberries is that the slush will form a mound in the glass as it combines. So you will have to eat it with a spoon. But adding ice or water is not the solution. Just add a few fresh, non-frozen strawberries to make a combination of new and frozen strawberries.
- When planning for the rum, use a good value or mid-level white rum like Bacardi. Many people will prefer not to use top-shelf rum for the daiquiri as you will never enjoy the taste, and strawberry will generally override the preference. That’s why mid-level ones are recommended for this cocktail. You can also use other rum-like Cruz, Havana Club, Appleton, etc. Tou can use an aged rum or spiced rum too for added flavor.
- If you want to plan for a mocktail, or some guests wish to, replace the rum with an equal quantity of apple juice. Apple juice will add another layer of flavor that using plain water won’t. So keep this in mind.
- While Lime will lift the flavor of strawberries, it will also help balance the sweetness of sugar. You can use any sugar syrup or make one with one part of sugar and water. Ensure the sugar is completely dissolved before you use it as sugar particles won’t dissolve in cold drink and will stick to the bottom, spoiling the taste.
- Note that this is a cocktail drink, and you will not be straining out any fibers or seeds. So the blender has to be assertive at converting the frozen strawberries into a fine slush. The slush must be thick enough to look sloppy but not thick enough to be classified as a sorbet. Initially, a slight mound is ok as it will melt as you consume it over the next few minutes.
- Frozen strawberries – 250 grams / 8 oz
- Refridgerated fresh strawberries – 60 grams/ 2-3 oz (hulled and cleaned)
- any mid-level white rum – 120 ml / 4 oz
- lime juice , fresh – 60 ml / 2 oz
- sugar syrup – 30 ml / 1 oz
- Slice the fresh strawberries or the Lime
- Place all ingredients, except fresh refrigerated strawberries, in a blender or juicer.
- Process the contents at high speed until all the contents form into a slush.
- Now put the fresh refrigerated strawberries one by one and mix until the sloppy slush is formed. Once a sloppy slush is created, don’t add any more strawberries.
- Take a taste test to determine the sweetness. Use sugar syrup and Lime to adjust as necessary.
- Pour the slush into glasses, garnish with lime or strawberry slices. Serve immediately.
- Calories: 238cal (13%)
- Carbohydrates: 24g (8%)
- Protein: 1g (2%)
- Fat: 1g (2%)
- Saturated Fat: 1g (5%)
- Sodium: 12mg (2%)
- Potassium: 255mg (7%)
- Fiber: 5g (13%)
- Sugar: 20g (21%)
- Vitamin C: 93mg (115%)
- Calcium: 19mg (2%)
- Iron: 1mg (7%)
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Shaken Strawberry Daiquiri
For the shaken strawberry daiquiri, pour the blended contents over ice. You also have the option to strain them before running them, making for an even cleaner look and will keep unwanted chunks and seeds out. Add the rum after you run the blended contents over the ice in the glass. If the drink is too thin, add some ice and blend once more. That’s it. Enjoy the drink.