This easy fresh strawberry daiquiri is icy cold, tart and sweet, refreshing, and full of strawberry flavor. No mixes, just fresh, ripe strawberries, lime juice, simple syrup, rum and ice. It comes together from start to finish in less than 10 minutes, and this recipe makes enough for 6.
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.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Quick & easy – This recipe only takes a few minutes from start to finish!
- Versatile – You could easily swap out frozen strawberries for different berries and make variations of this drink.
- Great for parties – Everyone loves a frozen daiquiri and it’s the perfect pitcher drink.
Fresh strawberry daiquiri recipe
Strawberry daiquiris are one of the most quintessential summer cocktails. When fresh strawberries are in season, we make a batch of daiquiris.
A splash of lime juice, a bit of simple syrup and some ice are added to a blender with ripe summer strawberries to make a delicious and refreshing beverage.
This fresh strawberry daiquiri is incredibly easy and you can make a big batch for summer parties. The drink comes together in about 5 minutes. If you can plan ahead, make the simple syrup the day before and let it cool down in the fridge.
- Strawberries – Fresh, ripe summer strawberries are the main flavor of this fresh strawberry daiquiri.
- Rum – Daiquiris are traditionally made with white (silver) rum.
- Lime juice – I prefer the flavor of fresh lime juice to the bottled stuff. It has a brighter, fresher flavor.
- Simple syrup – A mixture of sugar and water cooked together.
- Ice – Use crushed ice, if possible, to help your blender along.
How to make a fresh strawberry daiquiri
- First, you’ll make a quick simple syrup – that’s a mixture of sugar and water simmered for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. *Ideally, you’ll do this ahead of time.
- Then, add strawberries, lime juice, rum, ice and simple syrup to a blender.
- Blend it up and serve. This fresh strawberry daiquiri is super simple and dangerously good.
The BEST strawberry daiquiri
If you’ve never had a homemade strawberry daiquiri made from actual strawberries, then you are in for a treat. The drinks made from that bottle of chemical-laden red stuff can not begin to compare with one made from fresh ingredients.
It’s so simple, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making them this way all along. Just berries, rum, some sugar & a splash of lime juice blended with some ice & you are well on your way to one of the best things you can put in a glass.
Summer drinks should be ice cold and light. This Blueberry Spritzer is one of my summer favorites and so is this Strawberry Rose Wine Spritzer. These drinks are great for get-togethers with friends because they make enough for everyone.
Fresh strawberry daiquiri FAQ’s
Rum is the traditional spirit used in daiquiris. You can substitute vodka if you prefer it.
Silver, or white rum, is the best rum to use for daiquiris because of it’s light flavor.
Yep! To make it ahead of time, blend it all up in the blender, then either pour it into ice cube trays, or into plastic zip-top freezer bags. You can pop the “daiquiri ice cubes” into the blender and blend it up again until it’s the perfect consistency.
I’d recommend adding a little liquid (water, rum, lime juice) to the blender along with a few “daiquiri ice cubes” to get the mixture going so you don’t damage your blender motor.
Omit the rum and toss in an extra cup of strawberries. If you are planning ahead, put those strawberries into the freezer for an hour or two.
It will help to keep your drink frozen and give it that icy goodness, plus it amps up the strawberry flavor. Punching up the flavor in a virgin drink is always a good idea.
What alcohol to use in daiquiris
For me, rum is synonymous with daiquiris. But if you aren’t a fan of rum, vodka is a great swap.
Simply swap the same quantities and you’re good to go! A strawberry daiquiri with vodka is also a delicious and easy cocktail.
Substitutions and variations
- To make a strawberry daiquiri mocktail – Simply omit the rum. You can replace it with a splash of water, tonic water or juice to adjust the consistency, if needed.
- Try swapping half of the strawberries with blueberries or raspberries for a fun variation.
- Mix it up! Make my mango daiquiri recipe and layer them in the glass.
Frozen drinks, like a strawberry daiquiri, call for fun cocktail umbrellas.
I like to serve this drink in these pretty hand blown Mexican glasses with a cobalt rim. The glasses I have came home with me from Mexico about 30 years ago. These are as close to that as I could find.
This cherry daiquiri recipe is also a great frozen cocktail and you can use fresh or frozen cherries.
Serve these cocktails with a few of our favorite appetizers to really get the party going.
Get some local berries, throw them in the blender and call your friends. Saunter out to the porch/patio/deck, put your feet up and put on some of your best 80’s tunes… Cheers!
Helpful tools and equipment
- The best blender for daiquiris – I have a Vitamix, that I love and swear by, but they are expensive. We also own a Ninja. It works great and is more affordable.
- Cocktail jigger – The same jigger that I own.
- Citrus juicer – If you have arthritis or not a lot of strength in your hands, this is a great juicer. I have this exact one and it is super easy to use and clean.
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For the simple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
For the fresh strawberry daiquiris
- 4 cups strawberries, hulled & halved
- 1 cup white rum
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 2 cups crushed ice
Make the 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. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate. This is best done ahead, so the syrup has time to chill.
- Add strawberries, rum, lime juice and simple syrup to blender.
- Blend on low speed for a few seconds just to mix and begin breaking up the strawberries.
- Add half of the crushed ice and blend on medium speed and until it starts to come together, then add remaining cup of ice and blend until slushy. (Unless you have a powerful blender, you could risk damaging the motor of your blender if you dump all the ice in at once, plus it may not blend properly. It's best to do it in batches)
The number of servings will depend on the size of your glassware. I have smaller glasses, so I get about 6 drinks out of this recipe. If you are using 20 ounce tumblers, you will probably only get a couple 😉
For the sugar rim:
If you want to make a sugared rim like the photo - Place about a half cup of sugar on a small plate, wet the rim of a glass with a wedge of lime, then dip it into the sugar on the plate, tapping lightly in the sugar to get a good coating. Pull straight up out of the sugar so you don't knock any off and set it aside to dry a little before filling your glasses.
- I prefer silver rum for this cocktail, it is not aged (or aged less than a year) and is lighter in taste than other rums.
- A standard shot (jigger) is 1 1/2 ounces, but many shot glasses, mine included, have one ounce on the small end and 2 ounces on the larger end. So, if you want to measure the rum with a jigger, make sure you know the size of yours, so you can measure accurately.
- I recommend using FRESH lime juice instead of the bottled stuff. It will completely change the taste of your cocktail.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you are serving a large group. Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to do it in batches.
- Adjust the amount of sugar to your tastes - berries vary in sweetness. Some may be sweeter than others, so taste your drink and adjust as necessary.
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Serving Size:8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 2gSugar: 52gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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Originally published 8/15/12.