Grilled strawberry daiquiri

Shaking up a classic cocktail with a new technique!

I’m not usually a fan of fruity drinks – I generally find them overly sweet – so this grilled daiquiri is a game-changer for me. Grilling the ingredients prior to blending not only adds a subtle smoky element to the drink; it also brings out more of the fruits’ natural sweetness, so no added sugar is needed. You could easily grill up a larger quantity of strawberries and limes then freeze them, thawing as needed to prepare batches of this tasty summertime treat. The same method can be used to prepare a lovely mocktail – just substitute sparkling water for the rum.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (750 mL) fresh strawberries
  • 3 limes, halved
  • 1 cup (250 mL) white or light rum
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups (250 – 375 mL) ice cubes, as needed to achieve desired thickness
  • 4 – 6 whole fresh strawberries, for garnish
  • 4 – 6 lime slices, for garnish

Method

  • Preheat barbeque or ridged stovetop grill pan to medium-high.
  • Hull the 3 cups (750 mL) strawberries and thread onto double-pronged skewers.
  • Grill the berries and halved limes, cut side down, until nicely scorched (but not burnt) and starting to get mushy.
  • Remove berries from skewers.
  • With a citrus reamer or the tines of fork, extract as much juice as possible from the grilled limes.
  • In a blender combine the rum, strawberries, lime juice and 1 cup (250 mL) of ice.
  • Pulse to evenly blend. Check the consistency of the mixture – if you prefer it slushier, add another ½ cup (125 mL) of ice cubes and pulse until smooth.
  • Pour into stemmed cocktail glasses and garnish with a lime slice and a whole strawberry.

Makes 4 – 6 drinks, depending upon the size of your glassware.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.

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