Frozen Daiquiris don’t get the respect they deserve, and there are, most likely, two main reasons for this. First off, there are lots of chain restaurants and bars that serve novelty-sized Frozen Daiquiris with enough sugar to permanently dilate your pupils. There are also a bunch of Frozen Daiquiri recipes out there that tell you to use way too much ice - which leads to watery, bland drinks. There’s nothing we can do about the novelty-sized cocktails at present, but the least we can do is take you by the hand and show you how to make a proper Frozen Daiquiri. The trick? Freezing all your ingredients ahead of time.
Here’s how to make a batch of four.
the frozen daiquiri
- Coupe, rocks class, or hurricane glass
- 1.5 cups ice (or 12 ice cubes)
- 8 ounces white rum
- 5 ounces lime juice
- 4 ounces simple syrup
Step One: Lime Juice
There’s only one way to acquire good lime juice, and it’s by juicing limes. If you don’t have a juicer at home, no need to panic and try to make one out of cardboard and chewing gum - just cut your limes in half and squeeze them with your hands. It’s that easy. You’ll need about five limes for this batch of Daiquiris, so go ahead and take care of business, then set 5 ounces lime juice aside in a resealable plastic bag or other container.
Step Two: Simple Syrup
Time to make some simple syrup. If you’re unsure how to do that, just take equal parts warm water and sugar, and stir until everything is dissolved. Next, add 4 ounces simple syrup to the container with your lime juice.
Step Three: Freeze Everything
Yes, that’s right. Freeze everything - for about three hours. Put that container of lime juice and simple syrup in your freezer, and throw your bottle of rum in beside it. (You could also measure out your 8 ounces of rum, and add that to the container with the rest of your ingredients - just know that the mixture won’t freeze entirely, and that’s perfectly OK).
Why are we asking you to do this? Because with frozen lime juice and simple syrup, plus really cold rum, you won’t have to use an excessive amount of ice in order to achieve a slushy, creamy texture in your Daiquiri. If you’re not using it for the next three hours and you have the space in your freezer, go ahead and throw your blender in too. And your glasses.
Step Four: Blend
Now that everything is frozen and your bottle of rum is as cold as your freezer will allow, put your lime/simple syrup mixture in your blender, add 8 ounces of rum (if it wasn’t already measured out with the lime and simple syrup), and throw in your 1.5 cups of ice. Then, hit the blend button, and watch at least one of your dreams come true before your very own eyes. As for glassware, we like to use a chilled coupe - but a rocks glass works as well, and hurricane glasses are great for when you want to drink at least half this batch by yourself.