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Of course, violins are not made small enough to express the woe that is ordering a sub-par drink at the kind of resort with palm trees, beaches, and a daily agenda of luxuriating as lazily as possible. But, have you ever ordered a good strawberry daiquiri at a bar? I have not. As neither the holiday weekend nor strawberry season are over yet, this seems as good a time as any to make it right.
Let’s freeze off the remaining strawberries on a tray, shake them into a blender, add some ice, lime juice, a spoonful of sugar, and rum and blend it up into all the deliciousness you’d like to see in the world, or at least your glass. Starting with frozen strawberries keeps the drink colder longer without adding a ton of ice, so the result is less sweet and more strawberry-forward than anything made from a juice or mix. It’s also entirely refreshing, like a fruit smoothie for grownups. Depending on the intensity and tartness of your berries, you might add a little more ice, lime, or sugar to taste, but if this is the toughest task on a long weekend, I think we’re still winning.
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Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris
Note: Of course this will be wonderful with strawberries you picked and froze yourself, but I made a point to test it with freezer-section strawberries to make sure we still liked the results — and we did! I did find that flavor, color, and juicing ranged a lot between bags, so adjust these ingredients as needed to make your perfect glass. This scales easily for a pitcher for a crowd.
- 1 heaped cup frozen strawberries
- 2/3 cup ice cubes
- 5 tablespoons light rum
- 1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice, to taste
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Combine everything, starting with 1 tablespoon lime juice, in a blender and blend until smooth. You’ll probably need to scrape it down a few times because everything is so cold going in, but it’s worth it for a drink that stays icy on a hot day. Taste, adding more lime juice, ice, sugar, or rum to taste. Pour into two glasses and drink immediately.