Strawberry Daiquiri: Easy and Delicious for Summer
One of the Six Basic Drinks: Daiquiri
Daiquiri is a classic Rum based cocktail, made with 3 basic ingredients. You only need Rum, a citrus fruit juice, usually lime juice and a kind of sweetener, usually a syrup or just sugar, to make it. The best part is that you can add any fruit to this recipe and that you’ll have a drink that is a feast to your taste, just like this delicious Strawberry Daiquiri.
Considering that Daiquiri is a strong drink, it’s recommended to make it with a smaller volume. The martini glass I use takes around 4,5 oz liquid. Leaving a gap from the top, I make drinks of 3,5 – 4 oz.
Frozen or Not?
When you search through the web to make a good Strawberry Daiquiri, you may come across many “frozen” recipes. We’re at the beginning of May, but here in London, it’s still not warm enough to consume a frozen drink. Also, there’s a fact that I love non-frozen drinks more due to their ability to spread flavours much better.
Whichever you choose, don’t forget to use ripe fruits with your cocktail. The secret to delicious flavour is in the quality and taste of your fruits. And always use fresh fruits, even for lime and lemon juice. I even make my syrups just before I start making cocktails. I usually use a tiny, stainless steel Turkish coffee pot to make my syrup if I’m going to use it just for one drink. This way, I prevent wasting them while enjoying fresh ingredients =)
Strawberry Daiquiri Ingredients
To be honest, this recipe is easy but using your hands to muddle the strawberries causes some more time while fine straining the drink. But believe me, it’s definitely worth the effort. In the end, you have a homemade cocktail with fresh fruits, not some drink with artificial flavours =)
Let’s see the ingredients, first, which are really easy to find. That’s another thing I love about making cocktails at home. It seems like it’s hard to make cocktails but it really is not.
- 1 1/2 parts Rum
- 3/4 part Lime Juice
- 1 part Simple Syrup
- 5-6 large Strawberries
How to Make Strawberry Daiquiri
The first thing you need to do is muddle the strawberries well with simple syrup. Wash the strawberries well and cut them into halves if they’re too large. I prefer using as a whole as much as I can. If they’re too large, cutting them into halves will ease your work.
Put the strawberries in your shaker, add the simple syrup. Muddle the strawberries well. Don’t be hasty, be patient and make sure that all parts of the strawberries are incorporated well with the syrup. If you’re in a hurry, you can always use a blender. But I highly recommend using your hands for the fun and the flavour.
When your strawberries are ready, it’s time to add the Rum and Lime Juice. I used Bacardi Carta Blanca for this particular cocktail, you can use any white rums. The rum itself is a delicious drink I enjoy a lot. So, combined with other ingredients, it always gives a delicious result.
Add lots of ice, shake really well. Since there is a significant amount of fresh fruits in this drink, make sure that they all mix really well. Double strain the cocktail in your chilled martini glass. This part may take some time, get help from your spoon to make way through your strain into your glass.
Cut a strawberry halfway through, garnish your glass and you’re ready to enjoy!
The part I love the most when using fresh fruits is muddling. Seeing those fruits smashed gives me great pleasure while thinking about all the flavours they release into my cocktails.
This one is not one of the “1-2-3, go” kind of cocktail recipes, I know that. It’s not complicated but with the muddling and straining processes, it takes time. But I can clearly say that a Strawberry Daiquiri made with fresh ingredients and by hand makes it to my favourite 5 cocktails, easily. For a Daiquiri without fresh fruits, you can check my Banana Daiquiri post.
What kinds of Daiquiris do you like? Are there any other techniques you can recommend for any cocktails? I’d love to hear those from you and let me know your thoughts on this one. If you like Daiquiris, keep your eyes on my blog and follow me on Instagram at @shakethecolours. Cheers!