A strawberry daiquiri on a summer day is essential to many backyard parties. On a hot day or when you have numerous guests waiting for their beverage, a blender can help get your drinks ready to drink as quickly as necessary.
Blend a Great Strawberry Daiquiri
Making a daiquiri in a blender doesn't require a lot of time, or a lot of expertise. Make your daiquiri stand out by using fresh, quality ingredients and blending them up on demand. This recipe makes four, large daiquiris.
- 3/4 cups rum
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 pint fresh strawberries
- 1-1/2 cups ice
- Place the ice in the bottom of the blender.
- Pour the other ingredients into the blender in the order listed.
- Pulse the blender a few times to begin to break up the ice. If your blender has an "ice" option, use it when pulsing until the ice has been reduced to small pieces.
- Set the blender to "high", keeping it on the "ice" or "frozen" setting.
- Blend until the beverage is smooth and contains no large ice pieces.
- Take the pitcher off the blender and bang the bottom on the counter once or twice to settle the mixture.
- Return it to the blender and blend for an additional 10 or 15 seconds. This will help break up any remaining ice or strawberry chunks sitting on top.
- Shake the blender container slightly as you pour to help loosen the mixture and help it slide out easily.
- Pour into four, tall frosted glasses and garnish each with a fresh strawberry.
Tips and Substitutions
Making a daiquiri in a blender is not difficult, but the process can be improved or changed through a few substitutions and tips.
Ice Blending Tips
Nothing disrupts a smooth drink like a wedge of unblended ice getting stuck to the bottom of a straw. You can help eliminate these ice floes by listening to the sound your blender makes as it nears the end of the process. If your blender is still hitting unblended chunks of ice, there will be a soft clunking sound at regular intervals. Stop blending when you can no longer detect the sound.
Substitution for a Thin Blend
Not everyone likes a very thick daiquiri, which is what blending with ice will get you. For a fruitier, yet thinner drink, use 3 cups of frozen strawberry pieces in place of the fresh strawberries and ice. Blend in the same manner, pulsing first to break up the frozen pieces before switching to high.
Some type of citrus is crucial to a good daiquiri to highlight the flavor of the strawberries, but fresh juice isn't the only way to achieve that. Instead of using lime juice, try using one part Rose's Lime and one part Triple Sec to equal the 1/2 cup of lime juice. Your daiquiri will be just as flavorful, but with a smooth and complex background.
Speed Up Your Refreshment
Have your blender ready to go at all times to ensure a steady supply of fresh, sweet daiquiris. In no time at all, you'll be a blending pro.