Daiquiris are a family of cocktails made by blending three key ingredients: liquor – most commonly, rum – a citrus-based juice for acidity and a sweetener like sugar. The ingredients can be blended with ice to make a frozen, slushie-like drink or served on the rocks.
The daiquiri, named after Daiquiri, the mining town where it originated, was invented in the late 1800s in a small town located at the southeastern point of the island of Cuba. Initially not intended as a celebratory cocktail, the daiquiri's two key ingredients, rum and lime juice, were instead used by mine workers to fight off a deadly bout of yellow fever that had invaded the region. After experiencing immense popularity in Havana, the popular cocktail made its way to American shores by way of Washington, D.C. in 1908. And, the rest is history. Today many versions of this simple cocktail exist and annually surge in popularity as temperatures rise.
How to Make a Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
You don’t need alcohol to enjoy a daiquiri. In fact virgin daiquiri recipes are easy to make and can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. The key to a great virgin daiquiri is to make use of fruit, either fresh or in the form of juice, in place of liquor in the recipe. A popular choice to make is the virgin strawberry daiquiri that makes use of the fruit’s strong flavor, coupled with the kick that fresh lime juice provides.
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Ingredients
Virgin strawberry daiquiris make for a perfectly refreshing summer mocktail, allowing you to quench your thirst and also stay hydrated all in one go. All you need to make this strawberry daiquiri mocktail recipe is a blender and frozen strawberries, freshly squeezed lime juice, sweetener like simple syrup, ice and optional rum extract.
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Calories
The calories in a virgin strawberry daiquiri fluctuate depending on the ingredients used. Fresh strawberries will have a different calorie count when compared to using a strawberry daiquiri-flavored mix. Each 8 fluid ounce mocktail made from a flavored daiquiri mix will have about 120 calories.
Make a Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri With a Mix
Using a daiquiri mix, like a strawberry daiquiri mix, which is also good to use for making virgin strawberry margaritas, further simplifies the process. All you have to do is combine ice and the strawberry daiquiri mix in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a rocks glass and garnish with a sliced strawberry before serving chilled.
To give your virgin strawberry daiquiri drink more depth, consider adding rum extract, which is nonalcoholic. If that’s not available, you can always substitute a lemon-lime soda for some added fizz.
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1 to 2
- 4 ounces strawberry daiquiri mix
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/8 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 ounce simple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon rum extract (optional)
- In a blender, add the strawberry daiquiri mix, lime juice and simple syrup. Blend to combine.
- Add the frozen strawberries. Blend until the strawberries are pureed.
- Taste and add simple syrup if your daiquiri requires more sweetness.
- If using rum extract, add it and stir well to combine.
- Pour into a rocks glass and serve immediately.
Using frozen strawberries in place of ice makes for a thicker daiquiri drink that won’t dilute the overall flavor of your delicious virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe.
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