My big kids are on spring break this week. While I wish we could be off enjoying a beach vacation (or any vacation, really), it just isn't in the cards this year. It's no matter though. The kids and I have been enjoying the downtime: Caroline is attending a dance camp at the community center, and it's a Frozen theme. It's basically the best thing she's ever done. Smith's been helping me do some yard work and organizing. And the twins are just being adorable, as usual. We've all been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather by spending as much time as possible outside, and I have a few fun activities planned for the rest of the week as well.
One thing that helps a grown-up enjoy a spring break stay-cation? A fun and fruity drink. I've been wanting to make fresh strawberry daiquiris for over a year now, but haven't been able to keep any strawberries in the house long enough! This week I bought a package specifically earmarked for these pretty drinks, and I'm so glad I finally made them!
When I was a kid, the pinnacle of cool was to order a virgin frozen drink. I mean, it's basically a dessert that you get to enjoy though out the entire meal - what's not to love? As a seasoned adult, I now know that the frozen daiquiris of my childhood are nothing more than sugar, sugar, sugar, fake strawberry flavor, and red food coloring.
But these. Oh my, they are good. Fresh strawberries, freshly squeezed lime juice, and rum. Theres' a little water, sugar, and ice to round things out, and the drink is just the essence of summer. I mean, just look at that color - could these drinks be any more vibrant?? These went down waaay to easily, and I foresee them being a dangerous and delicious addition to our summer cocktail list.
When we have friends over for dinner, I always like to serve a "signature cocktail," or something a little fun and unique besides beer and wine. These are officially in the rotation, and I can't wait to enjoy them all summer long.
Who needs a beach vacation when you can enjoy awesome frozen drinks from the comfort of your own home?
Fresh Strawberry Daiquiris
adapted from Gourmet Today
makes 4 drinks
- 1 lb strawberries, hulled and quartered*
- 3/4 cup crushed ice
- 3/4 cup rum
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar**
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the strawberries in a single layer, and freeze until hard, at least 2 hours (however, the frozen strawberries can be transferred to an airtight container and kept frozen for up to 1 week).
Combine the strawberries with the rest of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Divide evenly among 4 glasses, and garnish with strawberries and lime slices.
*Frozen strawberries can also be used. Be sure to buy them with no added sugar though.
**If you don't keep superfine sugar on hand, add granulated sugar to a food processor and pulse several times.