Friday, July 16, 2010

Strawberry Daiquiri Heaven


My favorite drink is a frozen strawberry daiquiri. I also like strawberry margaritas. Daiquiris are a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day. I like to sip one in the pool or on a Friday afternoon. I usually make them from a mix but I thought I might try making some from scratch because I have a bottle of rum leftover from my last trip to Jamaica and some frozen strawberries in my freezer. All you really need is rum, lime or lemon juice, ice and strawberries. You don’t even need a blender. I found a variety of recipes at www.strawberry-daiquiri-recipe.com/


Easiest Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
1 ½ oz. rum
1 ½ oz. lemon juice
4 strawberries
1 tsp. sugar
Pour rum, juice and sugar over shaved ice in a cocktail glass and garnish with strawberries.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri in a Blender
2 oz rum
1 oz lime juice
6 ice cubes
4 strawberries, sliced
2 tsp sugar

Blend all together in blender until smooth. Serve and enjoy with a strawberry slice.

Pitcher of Strawberry Daiquiris
1 cup light rum
3/4 cup lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 (16 ounce) package frozen whole strawberries

Pour rum and lime juice into blender container. Add sugar and whirl to dissolve. Drop frozen berries into blender container, a few at a time, blending until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses.

These recipes and more can be found at strawberry-daiquiri.com. There is also an article about how the strawberry daiquiri was invented. During Prohibition, Cuba was the place to go and many new drinks were invented using Bacardi rum. The main ingredients are rum, lime juice, and sugar but there are an infinite amount of variations.

I also found an easy Strawberry Daiquiri Cake recipe from Betty Crocker that looks very festive and delicious. It would also make great cupcakes.

Strawberry Daiquiri Cake
From Betty Crocker

Cake:
1 package Betty Crocker® Super Moist® white cake mix
1 ¼ cups water
½ cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 box strawberry jello
1 tbsp. grated lime peel (need about 5 limes for cake and frosting)
1-2 tsp. rum extract

Lime Frosting
1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
2 teaspoons grated lime peel

Garnish
8 fresh whole strawberries

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with shortening and lightly flour, or spray with baking spray with flour. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, eggs, gelatin, 1 tablespoon lime peel and the rum extract with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.

2. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

3. Stir 2 teaspoons lime peel into frosting. Spread frosting evenly over cake. Store loosely covered at room temperature. Just before serving, cut each whole strawberry in half, leaving leaves on. Garnish cake with strawberry halves.


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