This gorgeous weather we have been having recently has bought with it a glut of strawberries and raspberries to my garden. There is nothing nicer than a strawberry picked fresh from the plant but I wanted to think of other things I could make with them. I remember an evening, a while ago when I went out with my friends from school. We ate at one of those restaurants that make fancy cocktails and decided we would treat ourselves to something special as a treat. I chose to have a strawberry daiquiri and remember it as being a lovely refreshing drink bursting with Summer flavour. I wondered if I could some of the strawberries and recreate the drink at home. With the help of The Bar UK I found a recipe and got out my cocktail shaker. After some shaking and some blending, I managed to create drink that was almost the same as I remembered from that evening in the restaurant.
I then decided to take things a step further, I thought the mix of strawberry, lime and rum would make a deliciously decadent cupcake recipe for grown ups. I came up with the idea of Strawberry Daiquiri cupcakes, making some without alcohol for my son. I was really pleased with how well the flavours translated into a cupcake. These would be perfect served as a delicious end to an evening barbecue party adding an air of sophistication.
Strawberry daiquari cocktails also make a refreshing drink on a warm evening. The original daiquari drink, a blend of lime juice and rum has its origins in Cuba. Daiquiri is the name of a beach near Santiago and also an iron mine in the area. Tradition tells us that the daiquiri was invented by an American, Jennings Cox who was working in the town. Supposedly he ran out of gin so started mixing rum and lime instead. The drink was brought back to America and became popular in the 1940’s when rum was easy to obtain but other liqueur was harder to import due to trade agreements. Quite when the strawberries were added to the drink is lost in the mists of time.
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