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.
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
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!