Frozen Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

Frozen Daiquiri

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Craving a top-tier summer drink? Our Frozen Daiquiri recipe combines the best ingredients to make your ideal cocktail.

Frozen Daiquiri Recipe

Beat the heat with our Frozen Daiquiri recipe! A blend of rum, zesty lime, and sweet syrup makes this the ultimate summer sipper.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

195 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Blender: Pour ¾ oz simple syrup, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 2 oz White Rum, and 1 cup crushed ice into your blender.
  • Blend: Pulse until you achieve a slushy consistency.
  • Pour: Add the blended mixture into your glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: I've often replaced white rum with gold rum, which gives a richer flavor. If you aim for a non-alcoholic version, omit the rum and see note c).
  • Lime Juice: Fresh is always best, but bottled lime juice can work if you're in a pinch. Ensure it's pure lime juice without added preservatives.
  • Simple Syrup: Sometimes, I use coconut sugar or honey instead of regular white sugar. They lend a distinct flavor that can be pretty enjoyable!

Making a Pitcher of Frozen Daiquiri:

  • Scale: To prepare a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. You'd need 16 oz of white rum, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 6 oz of simple syrup, and about 8 cups of crushed ice.
  • Blend: Use a larger blender or blend in batches. Once blended, transfer to a pitcher.
  • Serve: Pour the blended mixture into individual glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: There are non-alcoholic rum alternatives available in the market that mimic the flavor of rum without the alcohol content. Alternatively, use coconut water for a tropical twist.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular rum, and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic Frozen Daiquiri.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup Alert: Ensure your simple syrup does not use any animal-derived ingredients if aiming for a fully vegan drink. Stick to agave syrup or maple syrup. Luckily, the core recipe of a Frozen Daiquiri is naturally vegan, so just be mindful of the sweeteners and any potential garnishes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
195
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
25
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Potassium
 
48
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Frozen Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

Frozen Daiquiri Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Beat the heat with our Frozen Daiquiri recipe! A blend of rum, zesty lime, and sweet syrup makes this the ultimate summer sipper.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 195

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Blender: Pour ¾ oz simple syrup, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 2 oz White Rum, and 1 cup crushed ice into your blender.
  • Blend: Pulse until you achieve a slushy consistency.
  • Pour: Add the blended mixture into your glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: I've often replaced white rum with gold rum, which gives a richer flavor. If you aim for a non-alcoholic version, omit the rum and see note c).
  • Lime Juice: Fresh is always best, but bottled lime juice can work if you're in a pinch. Ensure it's pure lime juice without added preservatives.
  • Simple Syrup: Sometimes, I use coconut sugar or honey instead of regular white sugar. They lend a distinct flavor that can be pretty enjoyable!

Making a Pitcher of Frozen Daiquiri:

  • Scale: To prepare a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. You'd need 16 oz of white rum, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 6 oz of simple syrup, and about 8 cups of crushed ice.
  • Blend: Use a larger blender or blend in batches. Once blended, transfer to a pitcher.
  • Serve: Pour the blended mixture into individual glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: There are non-alcoholic rum alternatives available in the market that mimic the flavor of rum without the alcohol content. Alternatively, use coconut water for a tropical twist.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular rum, and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic Frozen Daiquiri.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup Alert: Ensure your simple syrup does not use any animal-derived ingredients if aiming for a fully vegan drink. Stick to agave syrup or maple syrup. Luckily, the core recipe of a Frozen Daiquiri is naturally vegan, so just be mindful of the sweeteners and any potential garnishes.

 

What is a Frozen Daiquiri?

Frozen Daiquiri is a rum cocktail that combines lime juice and simple syrup, all blended to an icy consistency. Many consider the Frozen Daiquiri a summer staple due to its cooling properties and refreshing taste. The cocktail’s origins trace back to Cuba, making it rich in history and a favorite among many. While its icy texture feels sophisticated, putting together a Frozen Daiquiri requires minimal effort. This classic Frozen Daiquiri recipe showcases simplicity yet delivers flavor and refreshment.

A side shot of a Frozen Daiquiri cocktail in cocktail glass on a green cloth placed on a white table surrounded by sugar cubes, a jigger, a shaker, and a lime, in front of plant leaves and a turquoise wall.

What is a Frozen Daiquiri made of – The ingredients

To create a Frozen Daiquiri, the following items are needed:

  • White Rum: The primary spirit in the cocktail, it provides the alcoholic base and a smooth, slightly sweet flavor profile.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tangy and zesty kick, balancing out the sweetness and enhancing the overall freshness of the drink.
  • Simple Syrup: A sweetener made from sugar and water, it rounds out the tartness of the lime juice, making the drink more palatable.
  • Crushed Ice: This creates the slushy consistency of the cocktail, offering a refreshing and cooling texture suitable for warm weather sipping.

White Rum, sugar cubes, and two limes laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Frozen Daiquiri?

Step by step, our guide shows the making of a Frozen Daiquiri:
1
Start by pouring the simple syrup into the blender.

Start by pouring the simple syrup into the blender.

2
Follow with the lime juice.

Follow with the lime juice.

3
And add the white Rum to the mix.

And add the white Rum to the mix.

4
Add the crushed ice to the blender, ensuring it covers the liquid ingredients.

Add the crushed ice to the blender, ensuring it covers the liquid ingredients.

5
Pulse the blender several times until you achieve a slushy consistency. Taste the mixture and adjust for sweetness or tartness, if necessary.

Pulse the blender several times until you achieve a slushy consistency. Taste the mixture and adjust for sweetness or tartness, if necessary.

6
Once satisfied with the flavor and consistency, pour the mixture into a Daiquiri or cocktail glass.

Once satisfied with the flavor and consistency, pour the mixture into a Daiquiri or cocktail glass.

7
Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, if desired.

Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, if desired.

8
Enjoy your Frozen Daiquiri!

Enjoy your Frozen Daiquiri!

Can I make a Frozen Daiquiri Non-Alcoholic?

The non-alcoholic take on the Frozen Daiquiri lets you savor the tropical experience without the buzz. Replace the white rum with a non-alcoholic rum alternative that is easily available and captures a hint of that distinct rum flavor. Keep the ratios consistent when blending: combine the rum substitute, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup with a good handful of crushed ice. The result is a slushy, refreshing mocktail that mirrors the classic Daiquiri’s tangy-sweet balance. Perfect for sipping on a sunny afternoon or serving guests of all ages.

Best Rum for a Frozen Daiquiri

When crafting a Frozen Daiquiri, the choice of rum can elevate the drink. White rum is the traditional pick with its clear, light flavor. Brands like Bacardi and Havana Club have been longtime favorites, giving a crisp, clean taste that doesn’t overpower the cocktail’s natural citrusy sweetness. However, if you’re aiming for a deeper flavor with hints of caramel and spice, a quality aged rum, such as Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva or Appleton Estate, can be a game-changer. My recommendation? Give Flor de Caña 4-Year-Old Extra Seco a shot. This smooth, Nicaraguan white rum has a subtle sweetness, making it a top choice for a well-balanced Frozen Daiquiri.

A Frozen Daiquiri cocktail, shot from above, in cocktail glass on a green cloth on a white table surrounded by sugar cubes, some lime slices, and a lime.

Variations

Looking for other varied styles? We’ve handpicked a few favorites:

  • Strawberry Daiquiri: This style bursts with the sweetness of ripe strawberries, giving it a vibrant red hue and a burst of fruity flavor. The taste of fresh strawberries always brings a smile to my face; I love how they make this option so refreshing and perfect for summer afternoons.
  • Banana Daiquiri: This blend becomes rich and velvety thanks to the inclusion of ripe bananas. The creamy texture of bananas makes this one a personal favorite of mine, especially for its smooth and comforting sipping experience.
  • Mango Daiquiri: Here, the tropical essence of mangoes comes to the fore, offering a sweet and creamy sensation, much like a day at the beach. The mango’s rich flavor always adds a luxurious touch, creating a delightful and exotic experience.
  • Peach Daiquiri: Blending succulent peaches into this mix, it becomes fragrant and mellow. The natural sweetness of peaches provides a gentle, soothing taste that I find incredibly satisfying and perfect for a relaxed evening.
  • Pineapple Daiquiri: Fresh pineapple infuses this choice with an exotic and tangy twist, achieving a wonderful balance with the other ingredients. The tangy kick of pineapple adds an invigorating edge, making it an exciting and lively option.
  • Watermelon Daiquiri: This one includes fresh watermelon chunks, lending a hydrating and light quality, ideal for hot days. The watermelon’s refreshing nature is what I enjoy most, as it makes for a thirst-quenching and revitalizing choice.
  • Raspberry Daiquiri: Incorporating raspberries, this selection brings a bright color and a tangy twist. The distinct taste of raspberries introduces a delightful tartness, which I find particularly appealing for its bold and zesty character.
  • Coconut Daiquiri: Enriched with coconut cream or milk, it takes on a tropical and silky profile. The coconut imparts a creamy, dreamy quality that transports me to a tropical island every time I indulge in this luxurious and exotic option.

A side shot of a Frozen Daiquiri cocktail in cocktail glass on a green cloth on a white table surrounded by sugar cubes, and a lime, in front of plant leaves and a turquoise wall.

History and Origin

The roots of the Frozen Daiquiri trace back to Cuba, specifically a small town named Daiquirí near Santiago. An American mining engineer, Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, is often credited with inventing the original Daiquiri. While the exact circumstances remain a bit hazy, one popular tale states that Cox concocted the drink when he ran out of gin while entertaining guests, deciding to use the local rum as a replacement. He mixed the rum with lime and sugar, aiming to soften the harshness of the raw spirit.

This mixture soon became popular and made its way to the United States. Constantino Ribalaigua, a bartender at Havana’s famous El Floridita bar, played a significant role in its evolution. He started serving the Daiquiri with shaved ice, which, over time and with the advent of blenders, evolved into the Frozen Daiquiri we know today. The drink gained further prominence in the U.S. when it found favor among personalities like Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy, cementing its place in cocktail history.

A Frozen Daiquiri cocktail, shot from above, in cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by white Rum, two limes and sugar cubes.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Frozen Daiquiri?
Typically contains approximately 120 to 200 calories, depending on the size and specific ingredients.
How strong is a Frozen Daiquiri?
The strength varies based on the rum used, but typically has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of around 13-15%, translating to 26-30 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Frozen Daiquiri?
White rum serves as the primary alcohol.
In what kind of glass is a Frozen Daiquiri traditionally served?
It's traditionally served in a Daiquiri glass, similar to a coupe glass.
What does a Frozen Daiquiri taste like?
The drink offers a refreshing blend of sweet and tart flavors, primarily from the combination of rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
What's the typical ratio of ingredients in a Frozen Daiquiri?
The classic ratio is 2 parts rum to 1 part lime juice and ¾ part simple syrup.
How is a Frozen Daiquiri served with ice?
It's blended with crushed ice to create a slushy consistency rather than being served on the rocks.

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