What better way to enjoy strawberries in the summer than in a perfect Strawberry Daiquiri? Throw in some light rum and a hint of lime juice, and you have a little taste of heaven right here on earth.
Everybody has a go-to drink. Maybe it’s a Rum Runner, a Mojito or a Spicy Margarita. What’s mine? The delicious Strawberry Daiquiri, of course. It’s the perfect drink for every place and every time. Hanging out with girlfriends? Strawberry Daiquiri. Enjoying dinner with your SO? Daiquiri. Settling in for the night and reading a book by yourself? That’s right, it’s Daiquiri time.
I think you get the picture. Given that I’m a daiquiri aficionado, I’m excited to share this simple but delicious recipe. It’s like vacation in a glass, and from the first sip to the last, I can feel myself shedding the stress of the day and delighting in the moment.
Why You Will Love This Cocktail Recipe
With a cup of fresh strawberries, this recipe is way better than any premade mix. It has a rich, wonderful berry taste, topped with a hint of lime. Trust me: it doesn’t get much better than this.
- A high-speed blender
- A jigger
- A glass
- Knife or skewer
- Optional: strainer
- 1 cup freshly hulled and halved strawberries
- 2 oz light rum
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Add the strawberries, rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to your blender.
- Give the mixture a few quick pulses to begin chopping the strawberries and mixing everything together.
- Blend on high speed until the strawberry daiquiri is fully smooth, with the ice completely mixed in.
- Give it a taste and tweak the sweetness with more simple syrup or add extra lime juice for added tartness if needed. Blend briefly to mix any adjustments you’ve made.
- Pour your finished strawberry daiquiri into chilled glasses, and feel free to garnish with a strawberry or lime wheel if you’d like!
Tips & Tricks for a Perfect Strawberry Daiquiri
- The flavor of your daiquiri greatly depends on the quality of its components. Splurge on a good-quality light rum and use only fresh strawberries and lime juice.
- Crushed ice blends better than cubes and makes for a smoother texture. Blend until everything is mixed and you don’t see big chunks of ice or fruit. Over-blending can water down the cocktail.
- Adjust the simple syrup quantity based on your preference. Some prefer a sweeter cocktail, while others might savor the slight acidity of strawberries and lime. Remember, you can always add more—but you can’t take it out.
Considering how sweet and delicious this drink is, you might think that the calorie content is through the roof. It’s actually about 200 calories a glass—the same as this Whiskey Sour or Lemon Drop Martini.
Pour your daiquiri into a chilled glass. If you have a favorite fancy glass, use that! Add a little lime slice or strawberry to the rim. Some people like to dip the edge of the glass in sugar (like you would with salt for a margarita). Sip leisurely; this is a drink made to last a while.
Rum is the heart of a daiquiri, but if you’re in the mood for a change, substitute it with vodka or tequila. You can also substitute fresh strawberries with frozen ones, making the daiquiri a little slushier.
Strawberry Daiquiri Variations Worth Trying
Want to experiment with your Strawberry Daiquiri? Why not try out these popular variations:
- Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktail: Replace the rum with a splash of club soda for a non-alcoholic and child-friendly version of this classic cocktail.
- Low-Carb Strawberry Daiquiri: Scrap the simple syrup and use a sweetener like Stevia or Erythritol.
- Mango-Strawberry Daiquiri: Add a tropical twist to your drink by blending in fresh or frozen mangoes along with strawberries.
- Miami Vice: Another favorite of mine, add Pina Colada for an unforgettable drink.
How to Store
Strawberry daiquiri is the perfect make-ahead drink. Blend your strawberries, rum, lime juice, and simple syrup and place in the fridge in a sealed container. When you’re ready to start the party, add the ice and give it another quick blend.
If you have leftovers, invite me over! OR… you can store it in a tightly sealed container or mason jar and keep it in the fridge for a day or two.