7 Daiquiri’s in 7 Days: Strawberry Daiquiri

To the modern drinker, this is the most widely known variation of the daiquiri. Usually it’s served frozen, with a topping of whipped cream or a sugared rim. Rarely are there even fresh strawberries in the mix. So in creating the strawberry daiquiri I offer 2 variations; one which contains fresh strawberries and the other a wonderful strawberry shrub made from fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Daiquiri
2 oz White Rum (Brugal Blanco)
.5 oz Lime Juice
.25 Triple Sec (Luxardo Triplum Triple Sec)
5 or 6 Strawberries hulled and quartered
Muddle the strawberries with the lime juice and triple sec in a cocktail shaker to create a thick paste and extract all the juice. Add the rum, ice, shake, and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Notes:
Double straining is crucial for this drink in order to keep the muddled and pulverized bits of strawberry from ending up in the drink. This is tart and refreshing without being overwhelmingly sweet. The strawberry flavor remains fresh and crisp, complemented by the funky qualities of the rum. The triple sec helps take a slight edge off the drink while adding an underlying orangey sweetness.

Bonus Alert! This daiquiri uses the homemade strawberry shrub that I wrote about in a previous post.
Strawberry Shrub Daiquiri
2 oz White Rum
.5 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Strawberry Shrub
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice an strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Notes:
This drink is a delicate pink and not the deep red of its sister. The strawberry shrub works beautifully in this drink with the zing of the vinegar wonderful nuance.

7 Daiquiri’s in 7 Days continues tomorrow, 9-19-12 with the: La Florida Cocktail
Yesterdays Daiquiri Post: The Hemingway Daiquiri or Daiquiri #3
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7 Daiquiri’s in 7 Days

Originally the daiquiri was a simple and unpretentious drink. Over the centuries it has been adulterated almost more than any other mixed drink. There is no need for the sweet and sour, artificially flavored syrups, and blenders to make a daiquiri.

In its purest form the Daiquiri is a tribute to rum. A simple, elegant, and refreshing drink, consisting of 3 ingredients: Rum, lime juice, and sugar. Anyone can make one with even the most basic of setups. Its beauty is in its simplicity.

The question of who invented the daiquiri will likely remain one of life’s mysteries. As far back as the late 1700’s the British Navy started issuing sailors a mixture of rum, sugar, and lime. The daiquiri as we currently know it is said to have originated in Cuba, with many laying claim to being the drinks inventor, including Cuban bartenders and American engineers. While the drinks origins remain clouded its effect on the drinking world is clear.

The daiquiri is a timeless classic for a reason. So with Sept 22nd being the last official day of summer what better way to close out the summer than with a round of daiquiris. Over the following 7 days we will look at 7 different variations from the classics to some excellent modern variations. So grab some rum, limes, sugar and prepare for a delicious and boozy journey.

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