On these hot summer days, we need to thank Cuban bartenders for creating the perfect thirst-quenching cocktail known as a daiquiri. Sometimes infused with fruit, the daiquiri is a lightly-sweetened rum drink livened up with lime juice. This Cherry Daiquiri should not be confused with the sickly sweet concoction you get many times when you order a daiquiri from a bar. True daiquiris should not be overly sweet and should never be topped with a dollop of whipped cream. If making a fruit daiquiri, it should be the actual color of the fruit and not look like something that just came out of a kid’s crayon box.
Either fresh or frozen cherries may be used for this recipe. Fresh cherries abound right now at your local Santa Clara farmers markets and local cherry stands. The only drawback to using fresh cherries is that if you are making Cherry Daiquiris for a crowd, that’s a lot of cherries to pit. In this case, you may want to use frozen cherries to make the cocktails but garnish with a few fresh cherries. For frozen cherries at a great price, check out your local Trader Joe’s. Make sure you purchase whole, pitted, unsweetened cherries such as black or bing.
Cherry Daiquiris (this recipe makes 8 cocktails)
4 ounces cherry liqueur
8 ounces light rum
8 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice
5 – 6 teaspoons powdered sugar (to taste)
8 ounces pitted cherries, fresh or frozen
1 cup ice
• Place all of the ingredients into a blender.
• Blend on high speed until smooth and there are no chunks of ice.
• Taste for sweetness and add just a little powdered sugar at a time until sweet enough for your taste. If you want thicker daiquiris, simply add more ice and blend.
• Pour immediately into cocktail serving glasses, such as martini glasses.
• Garnish with fresh cherries, if desired, or a thin lime slice on the edge of each glass.
For other refreshing summer sippers try:
• Lightened-up Piña Colada
• 10 Best Iced Teas
• Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria
• Lemon Chiffon Margarita
• 3-2-1- Margarita
• Venetian Sunset
• Tuscan Holiday
• Watermelon Agua Fresca
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