This frozen cherry daiquiri recipe is made with fresh Bing cherries and only has a handful of ingredients – fresh cherries, lime juice, simple syrup and ice. It’s a bit like a cherry limeade slush for grownups. Make the most of summer with these delicious fresh cherry recipes.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
A frozen strawberry daiquiri is the daiquiri recipe that everyone knows and loves, but let me tell you, this cherry version is absolutely fantastic! This ruby red fruit is only in season for a short time, so grab them while you can and fire up that blender.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Quick & easy – Making this frozen cocktail takes very little effort and it’s done in under 15 minutes.
- Great for a gathering – This is the perfect warm weather cocktail for any party, but it is especially great for red, white and blue summer holidays.
- Seasonal – Fresh cherries are only around for a few months, so enjoy this recipe during peak stone fruit season.
Fresh cherry daiquiri
Happy hours at home call for cocktails with little paper drink umbrellas. I know they are silly, but I love them.
A simple drink becomes a fun cocktail with the addition of a drink umbrella and a bit of garnish. Speaking of, do you see that sparkle on the rim of the glass?
These cherry cocktails are served in a sugar-rimmed glass and it makes them feel like a fancy restaurant drink.
How to rim a glass with sugar
Here’s how you do it: Put about a quarter of a cup of sugar on a small plate, then cut a few wedges of lime. Use a wedge of lime to wet the edges of the rim, then turn the glass upside down and dip it into the sugar.
Tap the glass lightly a few times in the sugar, then pull straight up. You can twist gently if you need to cover a bare spot. It’s natural to want to twist the glass all over the place, but sometimes that can accidently knock the sugar off.
Turn the glass over and set it on the counter to allow the sugar to set and dry for a few minutes before you fill it with the cherry daiquiri.
To make this cherry daiquiri recipe, you’ll only need a handful of ingredients.
- White rum – This is the traditional alcohol in a daiquiri recipe.
- Ice – Use crushed ice to give your blender a head start.
- Fresh lime juice – Please, please don’t use the bottled stuff.
- Simple syrup – I use this in everything from cocktails to iced tea.
- Fresh cherries – Remove pits and stems, then toss right into the blender!
Simple syrup is equal parts sugar & water simmered together for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. It is super easy and can be stored in the fridge for months, so you can use it for other beverages like iced tea and lemonade.
How to make it
Here’s a quick summary of how to make these cherry daiquiris. Please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.
- First, combine sugar and water in a small pot and heat until sugar is dissolved. Cool completely. This can be done ahead of time.
- Next, pit the cherries and remove stems.
- Add all of the ingredients to a powerful blender.
- Blend until smooth and slushy. Serve immediately.
Best blender for daiquiris
My favorite blender, and the one I own that is pictured below, is a Vitamix. It is not an inexpensive blender, but it is the same one we use in professional kitchens.
The reason for that is because this thing can handle anything that you throw at it. From silky puréed soups to a frozen cherry daiquiri, it does the job beautifully and the motor lasts forever, meaning you’ll likely never have to replace it.
White rum (also called silver or blanco) is the standard alcohol used in daiquiri recipes. I would not advise using a spiced rum, but if you have an amber rum, you can use that in a pinch.
Yes! Using frozen fruit means you can make this all year and not just in the summer! Depending on how much oomph your blender has, you may want to let the frozen fruit soften just a bit before adding to the blender. Frozen fruit + ice can burn out the motor if you don’t have enough liquid to get it moving.
If you are serving someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, or you want to make cherry limeade slushies for the littles, here’s how you can make this drink into a mocktail – omit the rum and replace with equals parts lime juice and simple syrup, or cherry juice.
Variations and substitutions
- If you’ve discovered that you’re out of rum or it’s not your favorite spirit, you can substitute the rum with vodka.
- Swap out fresh cherries for frozen cherries if they are out of season.
- Add in fresh strawberries for a berry twist on this cocktail.
Frozen drinks need cocktail umbrellas. These are the classic kind that we’re all familiar with and I love them.
To keep it icy, put an extra cup of fresh cherries in the freezer for about an hour. This will serve two purposes, actually. Keeping the drinks frozen and also it gives even more cherry flavor.
This is the exact model that I own and love. This blender is worth every penny - it crushes ice in seconds and makes creamy, velvety-smooth soups.
Helpful tools and equipment
Serve in these clear old-fashioned glasses and garnish with a fresh cherry.
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- 4 cups fresh cherries, stems and pits removed // 2 pints (you can do this one day ahead)
- 1 cup white rum // 240ml
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 - 3 limes) // 60ml
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (recipe below) // 120ml (this can be made ahead)
- 2 cups crushed ice // 480ml
- 1/2 cup water // 120ml
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar // 120ml
Make simple syrup
- In a small sauce pot, combine water and sugar over medium low heat.
- Stir frequently until sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely. (This can be made ahead - store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use.)
Make cherry daiquiris
- Combine pitted cherries, white rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and crushed ice in a blender.
- Blend until smooth and slushy. Adjust simple syrup and/or rum to your preferences, if necessary, then serve immediately.
- Depending on the size of your glassware, your serving size may vary.
- Adjust to your personal tastes. If daiquiri isn't sweet enough, add an additional few tablespoon of simple syrup.
- You can also use frozen cherries if fresh cherries aren't available.
- Make extra simple syrup and use it for iced tea, lemonade, or additional cocktail. It will keep for months in the fridge. The next time you are making drinks of any kind, you are already a step ahead!
- You can make these rum-free by omitting the rum and replacing with cherry juice for a non-alcoholic option.
- Pit the cherries and remove stems ahead of time as well! You can do this the day before you plan to make these daiquiris. Store the prepared cherries in an airtight container in the fridge and add to the blender with the remaining ingredients when you are ready to make your cocktails.
Serving Size:8 oz.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 42gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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