I made my very first strawberry daiquiri last night. You may wonder if such little experience qualifies me to impart my wisdom on to you. Well, maybe do a little less wondering and a little more cocktail shaking, because this recipe is ‘the best strawberry daiquiri I have ever had’ according to my slightly boozy housemate.
Shall we begin?
I did a little investigation for this one as I’m new to fruit daiquiris (making, not drinking), but even then I had to tweak the recipe because I found the original lacking.
To get the texture right on this, you have to have the patience of a saint, which last night I did, as well as two attentive disciples in the form of my best buddy and my housemate. It’s amazing how good your friends become when you start making cocktails every night of the week.
- 2-6 strawberries, dependent on size – mine were pretty mammoth!
- 50ml white rum (preferably Bacardi Carta Blanca)
- 25ml lime juice
- 25ml grenadine (gives a little extra strawberry flavour)
- Extra strawberry for garnish
- Metal shaker (so you can feel the temperature)
- Hawthorne strainer (if you’re using tins)
- Fine strainer (or tea strainer)
- Muddler (for squishing strawbs)
- Martini or coupette glass to serve
- Hull the strawberries and add to the bottom of your tin / shaker.
- Give those berries a good squash!
- Add the rest of the ingredients and fill the cocktail shaker 1/2 – 2/3 full
- Cap the tin or shaker and give it a good shake – 8-10 seconds should do it or until the outside of the shaker is super cold
- Use your Hawthorne strainer together with your fine strainer and pour in to the martini glass.
- Garnish with 1/2 or a whole strawberry depending on size.
All sounds really simple, doesn’t it? That is until you get to step 5. This drink is a nightmare to strain. It requires persistence. If you stick with it it’s totally worth it. Alternatively you could do away with the fine strainer and have a slightly more rugged texture. The choice it yours.
If you make this drink, please, please share it and use the hashtag #CocktailJo. I’ll keep an eye out for it.
Check out yesterday’s Classic Daiquiri recipe!