This strawberry daiquiri is a refreshing summer, ready to drink cocktail taken up a notch with fresh fruit ice cubes.
We’re a house divided and pretty much turn every stereotypical gender assumption on it’s head when it comes to drinks.
I like beer. Hard cider is as close to beer as Ulysses gets. And he prefers the sweet ones at that.
I like wine. Ulysses has never taken a sip of any wine, white or red, fruity or dry, Californian or Austrailian, that hasn’t resulted in a repulsed face before even swallowing.
And when it comes to mixed drinks, give me a gin and tonic with lots of lime, while my husband will gladly sip the fruity umbrella donned pink drink.
You can probably imagine how many times ordered drinks at restaurants have been switched when the server arrives at our table given all this.
So I was pretty surprised at my reaction after trying these strawberry daiquiris, I actually liked it! Ulysses’ response was a given. Pink drink? I didn’t even have to ask him twice if he wanted some. But I was a bit more skeptical considering my usual drink preferences.
Here’s the thing when it comes to those poolside/beachy drinks like daiquiris, coladas and mojitos…I do love them (especially if they’re accompanied by water, sand and sun) but making them at home is usually such.an.effort. Blenders, muddled herbs, simple syrups…who wants to bother with all that? Which is why this already ready to go cocktail is definitely a keeper for summer parties at home or when you just want the taste of the beach in your backyard.
Instead of just pouring over ice (which you could totally do) though, I had to glam things up a bit with some nectarine basil ice cubes.
You know those drinks you see on a bar menu that cost $12+ just because they throw in an herb and some fancy version of sugar, but you still fall for because it’s 90+ degrees out and they sound super refreshing?
Yeah, those were my inspiration here. If I saw a daiquiri on a bar menu with fruit and herb ice cubes you can bet your pants off I’d gladly fork over that $12.
The freshness of the sweet nectarines and garden basil add the perfect faux sophistication to this summer drink. No one will know that you just basically made fancy ice cubes and poured a ready to drink low-calorie cocktail over top.
Looking for a non-alcoholic version of these flavors? Try this strawberry nectarine lime smoothie instead.
Strawberry Daiquiris with Nectarine Basil Ice Cubes
- 2 ripe nectarines pits removed & quartered
- 1/4 cup water
- 8 leaves of fresh basil
- 16 oz. Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light strawberry daiquiri
- Place the nectarines and water in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour mixture into ice cube trays.
- Top each ice cube with a basil leaf, gently pressing the leaf into the fruit mixture.
- Freeze until ice cubes are frozen solid (about 2 hours).
- Remove ice cubes from tray, place in glass and pour Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light strawberry daiquiri over top.
- Garnish with extra basil leaves if desired and serve.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BACARDI. The opinions and text are all mine.
Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.