The Strawberry Daiquiri is a summertime favorite that evokes sunny days and poolside vacations. At its best, the drink is a refreshing, delicious concoction that highlights good rum, sweet strawberries and fresh lime juice. But during the 1980s and ’90s—the heyday of artificial mixers—the Strawberry Daiquiri’s reputation suffered a hit, as bars served neon-colored cocktails that were absent any actual strawberries. When made with care, however, the drink is a revelation.
The Strawberry Daiquiri is typically served frozen. Rum, lime, simple syrup and several strawberries are combined with ice and blended until smooth. The icy treat is exactly what you want on a hot day. It provides the invigorating effects of a fresh smoothie, with the bonus of containing alcohol.
Many different types of rum can work in this drink, from unaged varieties to lightly aged expressions. A column-distilled rum from Puerto Rico will produce a different cocktail than a rich, funky rum from Jamaica or a dry, grassy French-style rum. There’s not one right answer, so for the best results, choose whichever rum you like to use for a traditional Daiquiri. Just remember to use a rum that won’t overpower the fresh fruit.
If you prefer your Strawberry Daiquiri shaken, or you don’t have a blender, no worries. You can first muddle the strawberries with simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, and then shake everything with ice before fine-straining the contents into your glass to avoid any solid bits and seeds. The texture won’t contain that trademark icy bite with each sip, but the flavor will be nearly identical.
The strawberry-laced version is the most famous of the flavored Daiquiris, a category that also includes drinks accented with tastes from banana to mango. It’s fun to get creative when making Daiquiris, but it’s important to hit the produce aisle before starting the blender. Because as easy as those pre-mixed pouches may be, they can’t simulate the refreshing taste of real fruit.
- 1 1/2 ounces rum
- 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce rich simple syrup
- 4 to 5 large strawberries
- Garnish: edible orchid (optional)
Add the rum, rich simple syrup, lime juice and strawberries into a blender with 5 to 6 ice cubes and blend until smooth.
Pour into a Margarita glass or wine goblet.
Garnish with an optional edible orchid.