What’s better than a dip in the pool on a hot, summer afternoon? Why we know – a frozen strawberry daiquiri! We can’t think of a more refreshing, delicious summertime cocktail. The vibrant flavors of strawberry melded with fresh lime juice, and a tad of orange flavoring is sweetened with zero carb simple syrup. And by “frozen” we mean frosty but still drinkable.
Younger sister, Leslie, loves a good strawberry daiquiri, and it doesn’t have to be summer for her to order one. So this one’s for you, Leslie!
The first thing you’ll want to do is make our Keto Simple Syrup. It’s ridiculously easy: stir 7 tbsp of granulated truvia (22 packets) into 1 cup of hot water, then cool in the fridge. Granulated Swerve works just fine as well. We always have a mason jar of this syrup in the fridge for use in a variety of beverages.
A LITTLE HISTORY BEHIND THE DAIQUIRI
As with all cocktail recipes, more than one source has been brought into the history of its invention. Allegedly, the cocktail was invented by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer who was in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. Daiquiri is the name of an iron mine near Santiago de Cuba, and is a word of Taino origin. The Taíno were the indigenous people of the Caribbean and Florida. At the time of European contact in the late 15th century, they were the principal inhabitants of most of Cuba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. Another possibility? A US congressman, William A Chanler purchased the Santiago iron mines in 1902 and may have introduced the daiquiri to clubs in New York. Over the space of a few decades, it grew in popularity, and was one of the favorite drinks of Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy. There is a variation of the cocktail called the Hemingway daiquiri, aka papa doble, consisting of 2.5 jiggers of white rum, the juice of two limes, the juice of half of a grapefruit, and 6 drops of maraschino liquor. No additional sugar was needed.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MARGARITA AND A DAIQUIRI?
The basic difference: margaritas are made using tequila as the main alcohol, along with lime juice, orange liquor, and agave syrup. Daiquiris are made using rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. Mike’s Killer Margaritas (family favorite) use only 3 ingredients and contain only 5 net carbs.
Fresh Lime Juice
Keto Simple Syrup
CAN I USE FRESH STRAWBERRIES INSTEAD OF FROZEN?
We use frozen strawberries, picked at the peak of ripeness and quickly frozen to preserve the flavor and bright red color, instead of relying on strawberries from the local grocery store which frequently look much better than they taste. If we happen to buy fresh and they’re fabulous, we individually freeze for use in these delicious frozen daiquiris. If you prefer a blended strawberry daiquiri, use fresh, ripe strawberries instead of frozen.
WHAT BRAND OF WHITE RUM SHOULD I USE?
Any brand of white rum works great in these daiquiris – we like Bacardi, Appleton, or Mount Gay. With white rum’s subtle and sweet flavor, it’s a must-have for summer cocktails. It doesn’t dim the bright-colored adult beverages the way dark rum does, allowing the brilliant color of strawberries to dominate our daiquiris.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE FRESH LIME JUICE FOR BOTTLED?
In a pinch, but you’ll definitely want to squeeze your own fresh lime juice for the best flavor. Bottled lime juice just doesn’t taste the same. (We’ve tried them all). Limes are a staple in our house, and they never go to waste. We squeeze the juice over almost everything – seafood, chicken, beef, avocados, vegetables, and just about all Mexican dishes. It adds a bright and vibrant, zesty sour flavor we love.
The orange extract mimics the taste of orange liqueur found in a typical daiquiri (Triple Sec, Cointreau, Grand Marnier), greatly reducing the carb load. The average daiquiri runs well over 20 net carbs, while our Low Carb Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri comes in at just 6!
We add in a few ice cubes for a couple of reasons: to increase the volume, and to crank up the frost. Our consistency is slightly slushy but drinkable, and begins to melt after pouring into the glass. We love to bring these cocktails outside in the summer but want to keep them cold and frosty. If you like your daiquiris a bit more on the liquid side, switch the ice cubes out for 1/3 cup of cold water. These strawberry daiquiris are definitely NOT the typical syrupy-sweet frozen cocktails you find at beachside bars. The freshly squeezed lime juice and the replacement of Grand Marnier with a scant amount of orange extract keeps them on the tart side.
Are you ready for the directions? Throw all the ingredients into a blender and on medium-high speed, blend until the ice cubes are crushed, about 20 seconds. Garnish with a slice of lime and a fresh strawberry. We hope you love these frosty, bright red, sweet and tart Low Carb Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris. Beware, they go down easy!
OTHER LOW CARB COCKTAILS TO TRY
Easy Low Carb Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
- 1 cup frozen strawberries about 9 whole berries
- 4 oz light rum
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 oz keto simple syrup recipe in notes below, or link in blog
- 3 oz ice about 5 cubes
- ¼ tsp orange extract
- To a blender, add frozen strawberries, light rum, lime juice, keto simple syrup, ice, and orange extract.
- Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds.
- Garnish with strawberry and lime slice. Cheers!
Keto Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 7 tbsp Truvia granular (we like Sweet Complete) or 22 Truvia Natural packets
- 1/8 tsp xanthan gum (optional, for storage exceeding 1 week)
In glass container, microwave one cup of water until very hot or boiling. The hotter the water, the quicker the Truvia goes into solution. Stir or whisk in Truvia until completely dissolved. If you are using the syrup within a few days, you can skip the xanthan gum (prevents crystallization). Cool before using.
Store in air-tight container in refrigerator.