Try this Strawberry Daiquiri for your next party! Lime juice is paired with fresh strawberries & Ice Cream for a refreshing non alcoholic punch!
What’s summer without a refreshing drink? Generally, I stick to water, but sometimes we all need something a little more. Today’s recipe happened, because a friend of mine requested it. He talked about enjoying a non alcoholic Strawberry Daiquiri one year at the Strawberry Festival we have every year in Virginia Beach.
Ok, a little back story. The Strawberry Festival used to be this super quaint, small town gathering held in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach. It was organized by local farmers and had a small Midway of Carnival rides and interesting vendors. I met Apache Indians one year who were traveling around the country to small festivals selling their handmade jewelry. I’ll never forget that one! Now it’s more over the top circus than quaint Carnie, but we all love it still just the same.
So this whole Daiquiri request came with a bit of nostalgia attached. I definitely wanted to get this one right since it’s my first ever recipe request….and because it came from a dear friend.
I wanted to do my best to recreate a refreshing and delicious drink for my friend. I confess to not knowing what was in a Strawberry Daiquiri so I started out by looking at already published recipes. It’s clear that strawberries and lime are the main ingredients. What mostly followed after that was varying ratios of ice and sugar. It was all blended and served ice cold.
One thing was very clear once I started trying out these recipes. The finished drinks were extremely sour and kind of watered down. They were not exactly refreshing. So I started experimenting. To be sure, you want to start with fresh squeezed lime juice. Fresh strawberries are delicious, but frozen would also work.
The key thing is to use real fruit and not buy lime juice in the grocery store.
I decided I wanted to use something other than ice in my version of this drink. I don’t really like ice in my drinks unless I’m having water, because well, ice melts. And when it melts, it dilutes the beverage. So unless you’re already having water, melting ice is going to seriously impact the flavor of your drink.
So, for my frozen version of this drink, I arrived at using ice cream. How genius is that? Why has nobody else done this? Vanilla works great! I have a lemon frozen yogurt recipe, and I used that in this version. You could use vanilla ice cream or my Roasted Strawberry Frozen Yogurt. Or purchase Strawberry Ice Cream. You can see that this part of the recipe is easily open to interpretation.
Something else I noticed in the published recipes is that people were very light on the sugar. VERY LIGHT! I’m sorry, but I’m from the south and one teaspoon of sugar is not going to do it for me. You can experiment here with what works for you, but if you want something smooth and creamy, you’re going to want to go a little heavy on the added sugar. I tried all these mixtures out on my mom, and when she stopped grimacing after a taste test, I knew I had arrived at the right mix. So if you think you’ll be serving this to kids, go with the version my mom approved.
This is a special occasion drink, so treat it that way. When somebody does well on a test or gets a promotion or has an anniversary to celebrate, whip up a batch of these. You can always add rum if that’s to your liking, but I prefer to go without the alcohol.
This frozen drink is more milkshake than cocktail. It’s perfect to share with kids and grownups alike. You can play around with which ice cream you use and how much sugar you add. These can all be adjusted to taste.
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 6 oz hulled strawberries
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 oz ice cream (vanilla, strawberry, lemon or sherbet all work well)
- Squeeze the juice of a whole lime. Maybe a little more to get the full 1 oz.
- Hull the strawberries, and rough chop them.
- Place Lime juice, strawberries, sugar and ice cream in a blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into chilled glasses
- Garnish with whipped cream and sugar sprinkles. A cute straw makes it party perfect.
Play around with ice cream flavors to find the one you like best. I used my own lemon frozen yogurt. When that recipe publishes, I will link it here. Be sure to watch for that, because it’s amazing. In the meantime, vanilla is a great choice! I used quite a bit of added sugar, because the lime juice and strawberries and lemon frozen yogurt were quite tangy. If you use a sweeter vanilla ice cream, I would cut down on the sugar.
I suggest making this to the recipe guidelines and then alter the added sugar to suit your personal tastes. I live in the south, and we like our sweet drinks to be sweet. Customize to your personal liking!