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 and fresh ingredients, however, the drink is a revelation.
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The Strawberry Daiquiri is often served frozen. Rum, lime, simple syrup and several strawberries are combined with ice and blended until smooth. This icy treat provides the invigorating effects of a fresh smoothie, with the bonus of containing alcohol.
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 first. As easy as pre-mixed commercial products may be, they can’t simulate the refreshing taste of real fruit. Frozen whole strawberries can be substituted when fresh strawberries are unavailable.
What Type of Rum to Use in a Strawberry Daiquiri
Many different types of rum can work in this drink, and each will offer unique flavors. Consider choosing a rum that will complement the fresh fruit without overpowering it. There’s not one right answer, so for the best results, choose a rum you like or experiment with unfamiliar brands to find a new favorite.
How to Make a Strawberry Daiquiri Without a Blender
If you prefer your Strawberry Daiquiri shaken or you don’t have a blender, not to worry. 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 equally delicious.
For a shaken daiquiri, adjust the recipe below to include 2 ounces of rum, 1 ounce of lime juice and 3/4 ounce of rich simple syrup.
1 1/2 ounces rum
1 ounce rich simple syrup
3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
4 to 5 large strawberries
1 cup ice
Garnish: edible orchid (optional)
Combine the rum, rich simple syrup, lime juice, strawberries and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a hurricane style glass or wine glass.
Garnish with an optional edible orchid.