Sunday, May 29, 2016

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Two Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris with Whipped Cream
Double Your Pleasure

Recipe Inspired by Cuba Cocina!

It’s Memorial Day weekend, time for parades, picnics, and potables, preferably alcoholic. Remembering my failed yet fun attempt to make frozen daiquiris with fresh strawberries last Labor Day, I decided to give it another shot. Using frozen strawberries instead of fresh strawberries and ice gives the daiquiris a more concentrated strawberry hit, intensifying both flavor and texture. I reduced the amount of rum per drink to 2 - 2.5 oz. rather than 3, since all of my photos from Labor Day were too blurry to use after just a few sips. Use your own judgment, or lack thereof.

Adapted from the “Original Daiquiri Cocktail” in Cuba Cocina! (which I’ve included below), my recipe adds a touch of lemon to the lime, and is blended. You can try it with simple syrup instead of fine sugar if you have some on hand. Many bartenders add a shot of lemon-lime soda to their blended strawberry daiquiris to give them a slight fizz. Go ahead and add a glug before blending if you like. Or for a virgin cocktail (delicious for kids or grownups), substitute lemon-lime soda for the rum. Do use a natural-ingredient, low-sugar soda like Veri. I recommend freezing your own local strawberries; for tips, check out my 2011 post on Freezing Strawberries. Here’s to bit of springtime celebration!

Pair of Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris
Holiday Deliciousness
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
serves 2

2½ cups frozen strawberries
 tbsp. superfine white sugar (more if strawberries seem tart)
4 – 5 oz. light rum (or lemon-lime soda for virgins)
4 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Garnish: strawberries and/or lime slices
Optional garnish: whipped cream

Measure all ingredients first, and keep strawberries in freezer. Add to blender: strawberries, sugar, rum, lime juice, lemon juice. Blend till liquefied and smooth.

Pour into 2 martini glasses—a rubber scraper will help, since the mixture will be thick. Garnish with a strawberry, lime wedge, or both. Add a dollop of whipped cream if desired. Serve and enjoy immediately.

Original Daiquiri Cocktail
serves 1

1 cup crushed ice 
3 oz. white or light rum
½ tbsp. superfine white sugar
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
lime wedges

Single Frozen Daiquiri
The Mixologist's Reward

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