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Strawberry Daiquiri

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Strawberry Daiquiri

A Strawberry flavoured twist on the original rum cocktail, the Strawberry Daiquiri has become a classic in it’s own right. We give it the respect it deserves, carefully balancing dry white rum, fresh, fruity strawberry puree, tangy lime juice and a dash of sugar. This is a popular cocktail all year round and a guaranteed hit at any bar hire.

White Rum, Strawberry Puree, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup – Nick N Nora*

*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.

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The Strawberry Daiquiri is so well known it might even have surpassed the original iteration in terms of fame.

This fruity twist on the classic is created by simply adding a splash of strawberry puree to a standard Daiquiri and lowering the sugar a little to balance the sweetness, this gives the drink an entirely new character without sacrificing any of the charm of the original.

The Daiquiri is not only a great drink in its own right but the perfect base off which to experiment with flavours and ingredients and its variations don’t stop at strawberry. Whilst not necessarily a tiki drink itself the Daiquiri is certainly the basis for the vast majority of tiki cocktails. These drinks tend to be long, tropical, fruity delights, perfect for injecting some fun and exotic feeling into an event. If you’re serving a Strawberry Daiquiri and want some other fun, fruity, rum drinks on your menu, it’s worth thinking about including some tiki cocktails.

If you’d prefer to stick to shorter Martini-style cocktails, the Strawberry Daiquiri fits well in a classics menu, there are a number of simple variations of this drink you could serve alongside it. The obvious choice would be the original Daiquiri; this simple rum sour is dry, mildly sweet, tangy and refreshing and a good alternative to the sweeter, fruit based versions, you might also want to try the Basil & Honey Daiquiri; using honey as a sweetener and adding fresh basil leaves to the base recipe, creates a beautifully floral, naturally sweet and lightly herbaceous take on the classic.

If you’re thinking about serving the Strawberry Daiquiri at your bar hire and want to know more about what drinks might accompany it will, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other, rum based, fruity and classic cocktails from our list.

History

Whilst the history of the classic daiquiri is a well-recorded and widely agreed upon tale, where and when someone thought to add strawberries to the mix seems to remain a mystery. This is certainly not a new invention and Strawberry Daiquiris have been a popular twist on the classic for at least half a century, ranging from simple shaken Daiquiris with the addition of fresh, muddled strawberries through to frozen, blended cocktails with artificially coloured syrups and swathes of sugary liqueur. 

We can make a pretty safe guess though, that the Strawberry Daiquiri might have come from ‘the cradle of the Daiquiri’ and perhaps the most famous purveyors of this drink, La FLoridita in Havana, Cuba. The bar which was a particular favourite drinking-hole of author, Ernest Hemingway, was for more than 30 years the home of legendary bartender Constantino Ribalaigua. Ribalaigua didn’t invent the Daiquiri but was certainly responsible for its fame and fortune, he was the first to serve the drink blended, over shaved ice, as a frozen Daiquiri and coined many twists on the classic drink including the infamous, Papa Doble or Hemingway Daiquiri, an extra strong version of the drink designed especially for the author. With all his experimentation it’s safe to assume that fresh strawberries may have made their way into one of his recipes at some point.

 

Myths & Legends

This drink has now found a new spiritual home, albeit as a slightly bastardised version of the original, in New Orleans. The famously hot and sticky Louisiana city is known for its cocktail connoisseurism and in the last few decades the daiquiri has reigned supreme as by far the most popular cocktail for Nola natives. The New Orleans Daiquiri is a far cry from the sophisticated sour-style cocktails of old though, these frozen drinks are flavoured with various fruit juices—Strawberry being a particular favourite— laden with high-proof rum and served in huge take-out style polystyrene cups. In uniquely American style, these super-sized Daiquiris are most often served at little roadside joints, most of which boast drive through windows.  

References

Whilst history and references for the Strawberry Daiquiri are sparse, there are plenty of recipes for some form of this drink online and in various cocktail books. 

The extensive and rather intriguing history of the Daiquiri and its rise to fame and popularity have been well recorded, one of our favourite takes on the subject comes from writer Nicole Jankowski, in her article for NPR, The Cocktail King of Cuba: The Man Who Invented Hemingway’s Favourite Daiquiri:

The daiquiri itself was not invented by Ribalaigua, but he did fine-tune it. He was the first to add chipped ice (a slightly more frappe-like version of today’s frozen daiquiri), and he made four different versions at El Floridita. For the Papa Doble, he added grapefruit juice and a few drops of maraschino liqueur to two jiggers of light rum and the juice of a fresh lime.” 

Nicole Jankowski, NPR

Ingredients & Equipment

White rum is the primary ingredient in a Daiquiri, it has a mild sweetness but is dryer than its aged and spiced cousins and has a light citrusy, almost grassy finish, this combined with fresh lime juice and fruit makes a perfectly balanced cocktail. As with most mixed drinks, its not essential that you use a top-shelf spirit, but you do want enough quality in your liquor for it to give that clean flavour you’re expecting, we like to use Appleton white rum. This legendary Jamaican rum distillery has been producing top quality spirits for nearly 300 years.

When using fruit purees you don’t anything too overly sweet or processed, Funkin produce a range of fresh fruit purees designed especially for use in cocktails.  

Ingredients

  • 50ml White Rum
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 25ml Strawberry Puree
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • Fresh Strawberry to Garnish

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Bar Spoon
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Fine Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Martini Glass or Coupette
  • Cubed Ice
Method
  • Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
  • Take your Boston glass or small tin
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the rum and strawberry puree to the shaker
  • Using your bar spoon(5ml) to measure, add the sugar syrup to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and a jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lime juice and add it to the shaker
  • Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Remove your glass from the freezer or empty it of ice if necessary
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain your cocktail into your chilled Martini glass or coupette
  • Garnish with a fresh strawberry, cut so it sits on the edge of the glass
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.

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