Learning how to make a Strawberry Daiquiri with vodka is a shortcut to a festive summer for sure! This fresh, fruity, zesty drink is a holiday staple for a reason — it just has a laid-back vibe about it.
How to Make a Strawberry Daiquiri with Vodka the Easy Way
PREP TIME 5 min
Try white rum or gin if you don’t have any vodka handy
A great drink to make after you’ve gone strawberry picking in summer
Pairs beautifully with both ceviche and chicken satay
Add the vodka, sugar syrup, lime juice, and half a cup of ice to a blender
Blend until smooth and thick
Pour into a chilled martini or margarita glass
Garnish and serve
What is a Daiquiri exactly?
Quite a big deal, TBH. See, the daiquiri family of cocktails are one of the six main cocktail types listed in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David A. Embury. This classic cocktail book has been a go-to for professional bartenders for years. Suffice it to say, Mr Embury knew his stuff.
The exact history of this cocktail type has been somewhat muddled over the course of the years, but most sources agree that it was named after the small village of Daiquirí, 14 miles east of Santiago de Cuba. Here, it is said, American mining engineer Jennings Cox ran out of gin during a cocktail party in 1898. In a flash of inspiration, he substituted rum, which is plentiful in Cuba, and invented a new drink variant on the spot.
These days, there are countless variations of the daiquiri, most of which are fruit-based. It is also often made with vodka as a substitute for rum.
Can you make a Strawberry Daiquiri with vodka?
You most certainly can! Vodka makes an excellent base for a Daiquiri because its flavour is very mellow, and it pairs well with just about anything. Since it doesn’t have any herbaceous or bitter notes, it sets the stage for the fruit to be the star of the show. Strawberries come to the party with quite a zesty personality, so this is a match made in cocktail heaven.
We recommend choosing a high-quality vodka that has been quadruple-distilled to be beautifully smooth and easy to enjoy. This way you’ll be sure that the base of your cocktail is already amazing, and that anything you layer on top of it will go down a treat.
A top tip to create a more interesting flavour profile, consider garnishing the cocktail with a sprig of tarragon. The bittersweet flavour of tarragon is often likened to liquorice, anise, and fennel, and it provides a very interesting counterpoint to the sweetness of the strawberry.