The Strawberry Daiquiri

This month in the blog, we will be talking about the history, variations, and recipe for each cocktail that our Summer Slammer Cupcakes is based on. Our Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcake is inspired by the popular frozen cocktail of the same name. We love the sweet, refreshing strawberry flavor and the hint of rum, a liquor that is a staple of summer parties.

Instead of making you scroll through a long introduction like other food blogs, we’ll cut to the chase and start with the recipe, which is from liquor.com. After the recipe, you’ll find more about the background and different versions of the daiquiri.

CRAFT THE COCKTAIL

Ingredients

1 ½ ounces rum
¾ ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 ounce rich simple syrup (made with two parts sugar to one part water)
4 to 5 large strawberries
Edible orchid to garnish

Steps

  1. Add the rum, rich simple syrup, lime juice, and strawberries into a blender with 5 to 6 ice cubes, and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a margarita glass or wine goblet.
  3. Garnish with an optional edible orchid.

WHERE DID THIS DELECTABLE DRINK COME FROM?

The daiquiri is named after a mining town in Cuba; the word itself comes from the Taíno, an indigenous group in the Caribbean. Though it was created in Cuba, the inventor is agreed to be an American (Jennings Cox, a mining engineer) who created the cocktail in 1898. One version of the story recounts that when Cox was entertaining guests, he ran out of gin, so he used what he had on hand: lemons, sugar, and Bacardi. As you know by the recipe above, limes eventually replaced the lemons. The daiquiri became a famed favorite of Earnest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy - and many, many others.

OTHER OPTIONS TO TRY

The strawberry daiquiri is itself a variation of the original daiquiri. The version adapted by Hemingway at El Floridita adds grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur to the rum and lime instead of sugar; it also doubles the amount of rum (wowza!). For even more tropical flavor, add banana liqueur to the original daiquiri recipe. For an even more tropical look, we love a fresh fruit garnish - fun to look at and fun to eat!

Fresh from our oven to yours - happy baking, um, drinking!