Made with strawberries and an ingredient I didn’t expect, this was the best Daquiri I’ve ever had.
Fresh Strawberry Daquiri
I went to the strawberry farm last Saturday. It probably isn’t necessary to tell you that since I’ve been talking about it nearly non-stop ever since, also if you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen the pictures of the plants and the 6 BUCKETS of berries I brought home.
The strawberry farm is a terrible place to go when you’ve been craving fresh berries. Standing there staring down the rows and rows of plants is dangerous. To make it worse, the farm is hydroponic so you don’t have to crawl around in the dirt…it was entirely too easy to get carried away and, of course, I did. While I was loading up baskets, I considered all the different things I would make once I got them home. Joe and his brother had a birthday party the next day so I figured it would be rude not to bring something involving strawberries, right?
I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen the pictures on Pinterest of margaritas served in fresh strawberries. I have yet to find one that led to a real tutorial but it seemed simple enough that I could figure it out for myself. Then I hit on the idea of switching it to a strawberry daquiri. The non-alcoholic version of a daquiri translates better so I could make some for the kids too.
I didn’t have any daquiri mix at home so I checked Pinterest to find a homemade version. I found several basic recipes, then wandered across this one and it sounded so good I had no choice but to try it.
Y’all I’m just gonna say it. Hulling out the strawberries to fill with daquiri was not worth it. They looked adorable but it was so labor intensive that by the time I got through a couple dozen I had to call it for the day. Not only did I have to take off the stems but I had to dig into the berry and scoop it out so there would be room for the daquiri, then I had to cut off the bottom (without cutting high enough to hit the scooped out part) so they would stand up. I got them set out on a baking sheet and because I couldn’t take anymore I threw the whole thing in the freezer overnight.
I kept the parts I scooped out of the stawberries and cut up a few more so I had enough to make the daquiri itself, threw those in a ziploc, put them in the freezer then left the kitchen and refused to go back in for anything the rest of the night. If I had to look at another strawberry, I was going to have a meltdown.
The daquiri part by comparison was almost too easy. I doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough for everyone, there are a whole lot of us when we get together. I had a feeling this was going to go fast because there is a really interesting ingredient in this version, frozen lemonade! I know, right? Totally genius and I’ve gotta tell you, you NEED to try this as soon as possible.
I threw the frozen strawberries, a banana and the frozen lemonade in the ninja.
I turned it on and let it combine until everything was broken down and mixed, then added powdered sugar and some ice. I didn’t add alcohol, I started with a virgin version to put in strawberries for the kids. The mixture was still thick so I thinned it out with some orange juice then filled up some of the now frozen strawberries.
Without any alcohol, this was still amazing. It is VERY tart, so if you prefer sweet you need to add a lot more sugar. Joe tried it and got the lemon face and shivered for about 10 minutes because it was too much for him.
When the kids berries were filled I dumped in plain rum, added more powdered sugar and some more ice to help thicken it up. I wish I could tell you how much rum I added but I wasn’t paying attention. I do know the amount in the bottle dropped significantly and when they were done it had quite a kick. Although, in the way of a good strawberry daquiri, you couldn’t taste it.
I loaded up the rest of the strawberries and still had quite a bit left, so I filled up a couple of oversized to go cups and threw them back in the freezer until we left.
There was just enough left in the blender to fill a martini glass (because somehow I’ve never gotten around to buying margarita glasses) so I could take some pictures to share. I might have had a sip or two before I finished taking the pictures but that’s only to be expected when something tastes this good.
I finished this about 11:30 in the morning so I probably shouldn’t have eaten the strawberries or drunk the daquiri but y’all it would have been a shame to waste it…it looked so pretty and it tasted even better. Getting ready was a lot more fun than it usually is and I caught myself giggling in the shower so it was a good day!
Since I know you guys will want to try these immediately, here is the printable. Come back and tell me what you think after you make it!
- 10oz Frozen Strawberries
- 1 Banana
- 12oz Can Frozen Lemonade
- 4 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
- Ice Cubes as Needed
- Orange Juice to Thin, if needed
- Rum to taste, Optional
- Combine Strawberries, Banana and Frozen lemonade in blender.
- Add rum (if using), powdered sugar and a few ice cubes and blend until combined and slushy.
- Add orange juice to thin, or additional ice cubes to thicken.
Adapted from Northmans's Party Vamps
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