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.
A 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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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.
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 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!
If you made my mango daiquiri recipe recently, then you should have some simple syrup left over. If not, no worries – it’s equal parts sugar & water simmered together for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. Easy peasy.
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 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.
Yes! If you’ve discovered that you’re out of rum or it’s not your favorite spirit, you can substitute vodka.
Serve in these clear old-fashioned glasses and garnish with a fresh cherry. Here’s a little secret – I used 4″ wooden skewers to prop the cherry up in the drink. I use these skewers all the time for recipes like this queso fundido chicken.
Can I make this into a mocktail?
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.
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. Punching up the fruit flavor in a virgin drink is always a good idea.
In addition to this cherry daiquiri, here are a few more of our favorite libation recipes!
- Cherry coconut rum slush
- Wine spritzer with strawberries and cherries
- Blueberry spritzer with white wine
- Mint Julep kombucha cocktail
- Rosé sangria with summer fruits
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- 4 cups fresh cherries, stems and pits removed
- 1 cup white rum
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 - 3 limes)
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
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. (Can be made ahead - store in refrigerator)
Make cherry daiquiris
- Combine pitted cherries, white rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and crushed ice in a blender.
- Blend until smooth and slushy.
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.
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Serving Size:8 oz.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 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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