Should I use fresh strawberries or frozen?
We love making these easy summer cocktails with fresh strawberries when it’s in season. In fact, it’s actually quite a nice idea to go strawberry picking and then whip up a batch of Virgin Daiquiris with your sun-kissed haul when you get home!
However, frozen strawberries work just as well when the fruit is not in season. In fact, the texture of the frozen berries can actually help to create that nice fluffy texture we all love in a frozen daiquiri.
Another way to go is to combine a bit of both – some fresh berries, some frozen. This combination yields a nice balance of flavour and texture that’s not too runny, and not too gritty.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you don’t have any frozen or fresh strawberries on hand, you could also use strawberry jam in a pinch. Simply swap out the berries and sugar in the recipe above with a teaspoon of strawberry jam per drink. Be sure to shake it well – this addition does change the texture of the drink somewhat.
Pro tips to upgrade this Virgin Daiquiri recipe
Virgin Daiquiris are a very popular option for folks who prefer not to drink alcohol, and there are a few simple ways to level up when you make it at home. Here are some insider tips to try:
Use freshly squeezed lemon juice
Shop bought lemon juice is a wonderful thing to have around the house – it’s very convenient and it has quite a nice shelf life. However, squeezing your own, if you have the time and fresh fruit, really puts a drink like the Virgin Strawberry Daquiri over the top with beautiful zesty notes that can’t really be bottled.
Offer guests some options
If you want to put your personal spin on this virgin drink, it might be nice to give your guests a few options to ‘build their own’ Daiquiri. For instance, you might offer a choice of frozen berries and fruit other than strawberries, such as blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, or even mango or kiwi fruit. Then you might also offer a few different sodas for them to combine with the fruit, such as kombucha, water kefir, etc.
Choose your glasses
Keep those drinks nice and icy by serving it up in long-stemmed glasses – this way your guests can hold their drinks without ‘melting’ it with the heat from their palms. The best glasses to use for this purpose include coupe glasses or Margarita glasses.
Get your timing right
Making a big-batch drink is a great way to save yourself some time when you are having guests over – it frees you up to socialize instead of spending time at the drinks station. However, a Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri is best when it’s fresh, particularly because the icy texture is such a big part of its appeal. As such, we recommend making these drinks to order, or making up a fresh batch just before your guests are due to arrive.
The best time to serve a Virgin Daiquiri recipe
Make life a little simpler and serve this easy to make Daiquiri at
- Family gatherings
- Summer parties and picnics
- Garden BBQ’s
- Baby showers
- Hen parties