It’s summer in Sydney and this weekend is a scorcher. That calls for a cool, refreshing cocktail. What better way to do that than with a Frozen Daiquiri for this Cocktail Hour!

The daiquiri is one of the six key cocktails anyone should be able to make (read Cocktail Keys by Rob Cassels to find out about the other five cocktails). It is probably the quintessential rum cocktail that is both simple in its form and difficult to make. Difficult in the sense to get the balance of sweet and sour right.

The Classic Daiquiri

Before we start making a frozen version, I want to make sure you know how to make a true daiquiri. It’s incredibly simple – 9 parts white rum, 5 parts lime juice (the real stuff, please) and 3 parts simple syrup. Like with any cocktail, chose quality mixing products when you make a Classic Daiquiri. I’m not saying that you should be getting a top shelf rum, but stop buying from the bargain bin, ok?

Grab your cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Always start with the cheapest ingredient, the sugar syrup, 15ml of it. I use syrups from Monin, but you can easily make your own simple syrup if you have the time. Now add your fresh lime juice, 25ml of that. Now the most important part, the white rum, 45ml of it – use for example Diplomático Planas from Venezuela. Shake well and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail or coupe glass.

Frozen Daiquiri

Now that we’ve mastered a normal Daiquiri, lets move to the frozen version. You’re still going to need the same ingredients as if you were creating a normal version – rum, citrus juice and simple syrup, but we’re adding crushed ice and fruit to create the Frozen Daiquiri in a blender. For this version you can chose a middle of the road rum that is well balanced, although I’d still stay away from base version of Bacardi or Havana Club

I like to use tropical fruits like mango and passion fruit, but won’t skip a strawberry version either. For this version you can chose a middle of the road rum that is well balanced, although I’d still stay away from base version of Bacardi or Havana Club.

The frozen variety is a lighter drink than the classic due to the addition of the ice and fruit. You’d still be looking at the equivalent of a bottle of beer in one frozen daiquiri.

What you need:

  • 45ml white rum – Plantation Rum 3 Stars
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup fruit (mango, passion fruit, strawberry)

Add all ingredients to the blender, pulse until combined and smooth. Poor straight into a margarita or hurricane glass. Garnish with the fruit you used to create the daiquiri and add a straw or two.

Enjoy responsibly!

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