The classic Daiquiri is a beautiful and refreshing summer cocktail. And there is a Daiquiri variation that’s even more famous on a hot summer day than the original cocktail. I’m talking about the Strawberry Daiquiri made of fresh and sweet strawberries, tangy lime juice, and a good portion of rum. However, many bartenders are not a big fan of this cocktail. That is mainly because the reputation of the drink suffered during the 80s and also 90s. Back then, Strawberry Daiquiris almost always were served with artificial flavors and coloring: bright neon red slushies that have never even seen strawberries from afar that were indeed not very enjoyable. But if properly made, the Strawberry Daiquiri is a real treat.
Frozen or muddled
In contrast to the classic Daiquiri, the Strawberry version, typically, is served frozen. For this, all ingredients get combined and blended until they have the right consistency. The result is a smooth and icy cocktail reminding of a fresh fruit smoothie. The kick from the rum is just a bonus and makes this drink an ideal mate on poolside vacations.
And the Strawberry Daiquiri also can be made without a blender. For this, the strawberries have to be muddled together with the simple syrup. Then put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and carefully strain the drink into a cocktail glass.
When choosing the rum for your strawberry Daiquiri make sure you choose one that doesn’t overpower the strawberry taste. White unaged rum or one that’s only slightly aged is ideal. But you can try many different rums. There is no actual wrong or right.
If you want to stay classic, use a Bacardi Blanco. If you care to experiment a bit, try a Jamaican or a French-style rum.
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe
Let’s take a look at the actual recipe. As mentioned, we need fresh strawberries and the classic Daiquiri ingredients like rum, lime juice, and sugar (in our case simple syrup). To make the Strawberry Daiquiri frozen, we also need ice cubes. I like to substitute frozen strawberries for all or at least half of the ice cubes. This way, the strawberry taste is more pronounced, which makes the whole drink taste fresher.
- 1.5 oz Rum
- 0.75 oz Fresh lime juice
- 0.75 oz Rich simple syrup
- 4-5 pcs Fresh strawberries
- 5-6 pcs Frozen strawberries alternatively you can use ice cubes
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the resulting frozen Strawberry Daiquiri into a Margarita glass.
- Garnish the cocktail with a lime wheel or an orchid if you want to increase those tropical vibes.
Muddled Strawberry Daiquiri recipe
Not everyone is a big fan of frozen cocktails. Therefore, I also have a recipe for the muddled version. Make sure to double strain it to remove any strawberry bits that didn’t get fully muddled.
- 1.5 oz Rum
- 0.5 oz Fresh lime juice
- 0.25 oz Rich simple syrup
- 7 pcs Fresh strawberries
- Carefully muddle the strawberries with the syrup.
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake it hard for 15 to 20 seconds.
- Double strain the drink into a chilled Margarita or Martini glass.
How to make a Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
If you want to create a non-alcoholic version of this delicious cocktail, simply use the recipe for the frozen Strawberry Daiquiri and leave out the rum. By using tonic water instead of rum, the Virgin version will taste even better. I found other recipes that suggest sprite as a replacement, but, honestly, that will result in a very, very sweet drink. So if you’re serving it to kids, they might prefer the sprite version. When your guests are adults-only, I highly recommend trying out tonic water as a substitute.