How to make a Strawberry Daiquiri

strawberry Daiquiri

Whilst we are basking in the bliss of a long hot summer, very seldom seen in the UK since, well almost never, it seemed to me that it would be good to expand our collection of cocktail recipes with a real summertime ‘Ibiza classic’ – the Strawberry Daiquiri.

Strawberry daiquiri’s have been around for a while in the more traditional form which is, essentially a regular daiquiri (rum, sugar syrup and lime juice bunged into a cocktail shaker with a handful of strawberries, muddled together, shaken with ice and strained into a martini glass.)

This is the version which is much more prevalent nowadays. It comes in the form of an icy crush and could possibly be the most refreshingly delicious summer cocktail ever.

Possibly these are best drunk in the iconic Café del Mar on Ibiza’s famous ‘sunset strip’ whilst watching the sun setting over the Mediterranean sea but if that is not an option for you at this precise moment here is how you can enjoy one in the comfort of your own home (or, preferably, hot and sunny garden!)

The only piece of specialist equipment you need is a smoothie maker.

You’ll need:
Double measure of Golden Rum (50ml) Any will do but my favourite, for all purposes, is Havana Club.
Juice of one lime
Single measure of Strawberry or Red Berry syrup. Monin is generally the standard choice. I also like Teisseire – they have a sugar free range which tastes almost identical and (alcohol aside), turns this into a relatively healthy cocktail! In the UK you can now get Teisseire products in many supermarkets. If you can’t get syrup, a small dessert spoon of strawberry jam is perfectly acceptable
4 or 5 fresh strawberries
Crushed ice.

Here’s what you do:
Pour the rum, lime juice and syrup into the smoothie maker. Remove any leaves and stalks from the berries and add them too.

Add crushed Ice. Here, you’ll have to judge the size of your smoothie jug and the glass which you are serving in. I recommend a Collins glass (a tall, slim hi-ball) with a capacity of around 350ml. You want to add sufficient ice that, once blended, the amount of cocktail fills the glass to the brim, but does not add so much ice that the drink is weak and watery (God forbid!) I generally add a good handful of ice for an initial blitz then a bit more if I judge that it is needed. After you’ve made a few you’ll get a good eye for how much to add.

Blitz it. Once the drink is a pleasing, uniform red with no chunks of ice or fruit left, pour into your waiting glass. Garnish with a strawberry or slice of lime and a straw (preferably non-plastic and biodegradeable).

Put your shades on, put your feet up and enjoy the sunset!

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So Sorry!

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It’s been a while..

Sorry that there has been a wall of radio silence for a few weeks (more like 3 months).

We have a good excuse, honest!

The day job has been quite the demanding monster for me and some other interests that I have apart from updating this fabulous organ have eaten up a good deal of time as well.

Jaimie has been (quite rightly) focussed on the final push for her degree which is now completed. She has been taking some well earned time off visiting relatives and generally sunning herself before joining the rest of us in the ‘wonderful’ world of full time work.

The good news is that we have some great content coming up.

I will be completing my series on the pleasures of watch owning for chaps with some more recommendations for you to try out. For lovers of controversy I have a couple of pieces which I am working on which should fulfil your desire for more ‘tell it like it is’ writing. It’s time to get the gloves off folks.

Jaimie has been working on a series about one of the great challenges for modern man – buying gifts for women. Seriously, how many of us are confident buyers of presents for the women in our lives? It’s a minefield and who better to give us the guidance that may well save our miserable skins than our own spy in the camp.

The sap also appears to be rising in the supernaturally good weather that we have been enjoying in the UK over the last couple of months. Jaimie tells me that whilst lazing around on sun-loungers (in high quality bikinis so I’m told) whilst quaffing her own bodyweight in prosecco she hit upon an idea for a series of articles about the art of seduction from a woman’s perspective. Jaimie’s piece about internet dating told you how to use the plethora of modern online dating resources to land a catch. This will take it to the next level. This is going to be essential reading.

See you shortly guys!

Mark