CALIENTE (hot!) is the word of the week here in New York! When it is so summertime steamy out there, I can’t help but think refrescante y delicioso (refreshing and delicious). And so my friends, I bring you my interpretation of the classic Cuban-born cocktail: the Strawberry Daiquiri. Festive and fabulous, this is a perfect graduation weekend (or any weekend!) cocktail. For the younger or non-alcohol imbibing crowd, simply substitute a bit of water (about an ounce—not too much or it will be too watery). These luscious cocktails go perfectly well with the Brazilian Cheese Puffs, and other treats—found here at Latin Twist, and on my other blog: In the Kitchen with Arlen. ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!
Adapted from Mambo Mixers,©2005, Arlen Gargagliano
(Photo by Dasha Wright)
2 ounces light rum
Juice of 1 lime plus additional for garnish
6 strawberries, stemmed and sliced, plus 1 for garnish
1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 teaspoon superfine sugar or to taste (the Gran Marnier is sweet, so you may want to finish and taste before adding sugar)
1/2 cup ice cubes
Combine all the ingredients (except 1 lime slice and 1 strawberry—garnish) in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a chilled wine glass, garnish wth the lime slice and strawberry, and serve immediately!