The Daiquiri is one of the most misunderstood cocktails of our time. What should be a simple mix of rum, lime juice and sugar has turned into a sugary abomination filled to the brim with fake fruit flavors and electric-hued liqueurs. And while we love frozen libations just as much as the next poolside sipper, the Daiquiri was never meant to be tossed into a blender and whipped into oblivion.
But, as long as the frozen Daiquiri is here to stay, we might as well make the best of it with craft takes that blow the sugary, machine-made versions out of the water. We asked some of our favorite bartenders in America to make us their favorite frozen Daiquiris using fresh fruit, minimal sugar and quality spirits. These four frosty drinks are refreshing, easy to make at home and undeniably delicious, whether you’re a Daiquiri purist or not.