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4 Frosty Frozen Daiquiris to Make at Home

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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.

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This cross between a classic Daiquiri and a Hemingway Daiquiri proves that frozen drinks can be balanced and delicious—all it takes is a few quality ingredients. “To make the best Daiquiris at home, remember to always use fresh citrus and measure your ingredients so you have a balanced and refreshing cocktail every time,” says Ashela Richardson, Flor de Caña brand ambassador. Her frosty delight is a mix of the brand’s seven-year-old rum, lime juice, simple syrup and maraschino liqueur. We recommend blending up a batch to drink by the pool or serving frosty glassfuls at your next summer dinner party.

The Essentials

dark rum
lime juice
Simple Syrup
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Morgan Zuch, the bar manager at Tampa, Florida, mainstay Datz, uses frozen fruit in lieu of ice in this sweet, sunny Daiquiri. “During the hot days of summer, I love making spiked smoothies that put a fresh, modern spin on the old classics," she says. “For this cocktail, I was inspired by the Miami Vice and wanted to create a healthier way to enjoy it at home by the pool.” Spiced rum gives this adult smoothie a rich, complex flavor while rhum agricole brings some funkiness.

The Essentials

spiced rum
lime juice
Frozen Strawberries
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Hale Pele’s Sierra Kirk wanted to experiment with gin in place of the traditional rum for her piquant take on a Daiquiri. “The combination of the slightly floral, rich almond syrup (orgeat) and the brightness of the gin and lemon juice make for a refreshing and slightly tart frozen treat,” Kirk says. This drier take on the classic cocktail is a perfect happy hour pick-me-up on a hot summer day, especially if you’re not a die-hard rum fanatic. If you don’t have time to whip up your own orgeat, Kirk suggests Small Hand Foods’ formula in lieu of the homemade stuff.

The Essentials

Lemon Juice
Orgeat
Gin
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If the thought of dragging your blender out and dealing with the cleanup is preventing you from enjoying delicious frozen drinks, then we have just the cocktail for you. At New York’s upscale sushi den Megu, Noel Nepomuceno uses crushed ice to create a faux “frozen” Strawberry Daiquiri, no heavy machinery required. “This shaken frozen Daiquiri works because it’s classic and simple," Nepomuceno says. "By using fresh ingredients, you can create a fun and flavorful drink without the need for additional sweeteners. Muddling the ingredients takes a bit more time and effort, but it makes a huge difference in the taste.”

The Essentials

Strawberries
Triple Sec
white rum

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