Hutch’s Happy Hour – (Frozen) Strawberry Daiquiri
It’s been a busy 2020 so far for us here at AKP and amongst many other things we saw the very first Happy Hour road trip. I say road trip; we were kindly invited for dinner by our friends Lisa and Sam one Saturday night in January. Rather than arriving with the usual bottle of wine and flowers in hand, and wanting to do something a little different, we figured why not take the Happy Hour with us instead. Afterall, Sam has been patiently waiting for me to make him my Old Fashioned; which those who have followed from the start will remember was the cocktail that inspired this little cocktail adventure of mine. Only thing left to do was find out Lisa’s favourite cocktails and work out how to make one.
The cocktail of choice…a Strawberry Daiquiri.
Having never drank, let alone made, one before my first port of call was our trusty little book of cocktail recipes; “The Ultimate Bar Book”. This is where I usually start my research as it appears to contain a version of any classic cocktail you can think of and more…at least I’m yet to find one it doesn’t have.
With the Daiquiri being such a well-known cocktail, there’s probably not a lot I can say to surprise you all, but I’ll give it my best shot. Whilst many associate the cocktail with Ernest Hemmingway; it was in fact another American credited with its original creation. Some 30 years before Hemmingway really brought the drink in to the mainstream; Jennings Cox, one of the first iron miners on the island of Cube following the Spanish-American war is credited with being its creator. He was based in a small mining village where one evening he was entertaining guests and ran out of gin. With rum being the easiest spirit to get hold of, he purchased a bottle and proceeded to mix it with lime, sugar and water turning it in to a punch for his guests. Needless to say, this punch was a hit and when asked what the drink was called, he had no answer. Thinking on his feet, he decided to name it after a nearby beach called Daiquiri.
As a Daiquiri is generally served either shaken or frozen, I’ve tried and tested to ensure the recipe works in both forms.
- 60ml white rum [Hutch recommends – Diplomatico Planas Rum]
- 15ml Grand Marnier
- 15ml Lime juice
- 30ml Simple syrup
- Juice of 2-3 strawberries [approx. 60ml]
How to make a Strawberry Daiquiri
- Muddle the strawberries in a cocktail shaker, breaking up the fruit and extracting as much juice as possible.
- Add a handful of ice, along with the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously
- Grab yourself a chilled martini glass and pour
How to make a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
- Add all ingredients in to a blender, along with 2 large handfuls of ice
- Pulse the blender 10-15 times. This will vary depending on the power of your blender so check the consistency as you go.
- Add more ice and pulse again if not “thick” enough
- Pour straight into your favourite cocktail glass and enjoy
See you next month