Of all the daiquiri recipe options, the cherry daiquiri recipe is one of the most underrated. You might read this and think, “Really? Cherry? Will that be good?” The answer is–it’s all in how you make it. The cherry flavor is so nuanced, mixing up cherry daiquiris comes with options for any flavor preference.
A cherry daiquiri is similar to a strawberry daiquiri recipe or a banana daiquiri recipe in that you can make it something unique with different twists. The cocktail ingredients you use will alter the cherry factors that you taste. The use of the best rum for daiquiri drinks can alter the flavor as well.
In this BinWise blog post, we’ll walk through the variety of cherry daiquiri recipe options. From a classic twist to some creative mixes, there are plenty of options to choose from. These four varieties of the cherry daiquiri are a great place for a beginning bartender to a home mixologist to start.
Frozen Cherry Daiquiri
A frozen daiquiri recipe is one of the best classic options. It’s perfect as an option for summer cocktails or as one of many great cocktails at any time of year. From the frozen daiquiris served up from daiquiri machines to a hand-mixed drink from a blender on your back patio, you can’t go wrong with this chilled mix.
If you’re mixing up frozen daiquiris, one easy option is to use frozen cherries, to speed up the process. This recipe includes:
- 1 ½ cups of frozen cherries
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice–or half of a lime
- 1 to 1 ½ oz of light rum
- 1 tablespoon of simple syrup
This frozen cherry daiquiri is a classic daiquiri with the addition of cherries. It straddles the border between sweet and tart. You can use tart cherries if you want more of that flavor. If you’d prefer something better for a sweet tooth, a sweet cherry simple syrup will do the trick.
Of course, any variety of cherry daiquiri can be made into a frozen cherry daiquiri. The next few recipes in this post can be made frozen, or they can be served on the rocks.
Fresh Cherry Daiquiri
If you’re looking for a different cherry flavor, a fresh cherry daiquiri mix is a good option. This recipe is written for a frozen daiquiri, but you can make it to suit your preferences. The ingredients you need are:
- ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
- ¾ cup of white rum
- 2 cups of cherries, pitted and/or halved
- 1 tablespoon of simple syrup
- Ice–if you’re making it frozen, blend the ice, if not, pour the drink over ice cubes
To make this variation, you can blend it all together, or treat it as a non-frozen variety by making it with a cocktail shaker. For that option, you should start by muddling the cherries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with a cocktail muddler. After that, add the liquids and shake it up. For the ice, you can put the ice in the glass, or have it in the shaker. Another option is to chill the shaker prior to mixing the drink.
"Key Takeaway: Of all the daiquiri recipe options, the cherry daiquiri recipe is one of the most underrated."
Cherry Daiquiri: Made with Cherry Rum
To make a cherry daiquiri recipe that fulfills all your cherry dreams, cherry flavored rum is one of the best options. You can substitute the rum in any of these recipes for cherry rum, and end up with a decadent cherry concoction. From the Captain Morgan Cherry Vanilla rum to the Bacardi Rum Torched Cherry variety, there are plenty of options.
Cherry Daiquiri Ice Cream Float
If you want a cherry daiquiri recipe that truly fits the dessert category, the cherry daiquiri ice cream float is the option for you. It is the sweetest option on this list, and can be made sweeter depending on your ice cream choices. The recipe calls for:
- 1 ½ cups cherry juice, divided, not tart
- ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¾ cup white rum
- 2 cups frozen sweet cherries
- Sugar or simple syrup to suit your taste preference
- Ice, if desired
- Vanilla ice cream, for the ice cream float–you can also use cherry ice cream
The cherry juice is meant to be used to make cherry ice cubes. To do that, all you need to do is pour the juice into an ice cube tray and freeze it. If you’d prefer not to wait on ice cubes, you can add the juice to the mix as a liquid.
To mix up the drinks, blend all the ingredients besides the ice cream together. You can add additional ice cubes if you’d like a thicker mixture. Pour it into glasses, and add a scoop of ice cream to complete the cherry daiquiri float.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cherry Daiquiris
The cherry variety of daiquiris is delicious and deserves more attention than it often receives. To make some cherry daiquiris for yourself or learn how to upsell them at your bar, more information about the drink is helpful. Our answers to these frequently asked questions will get you started.
What Glass Should a Daiquiri Be Served In?
These days, daiquiris are typically served in cocktail glasses or martini glasses. Daiquiris have also traditionally been served in frosted tall glasses or chilled coupe glasses. Of course, they can also work in hurricane glasses, or in the large plastic souvenir glasses you’ll find in New Orleans.
Are Daiquiris Supposed to Be Strong?
Daiquiris are a strong drink, with a usual ABV of 20%. Any mixed drink with rum has a tendency to be on the stronger side, and the daiquiri fits that bill. You can make the ABV of a daiquiri suit your preferences by using a lighter or darker rum. You can also make a mocktails option if you want the flavor without the rum.
Who Invented the Daiquiri Machine?
Mariano Martinez, a Dallas restaurant owner, invented the frozen daiquiri machine in the early 1970s. Martinez added a great deal of sugar to the mix. With that sweet addition, he created a drink that mixed well and lasted in the machine. These days, it's served with speed to the delight of customers.
How Many Standard Drinks Is a Daiquiri?
A daiquiri is the equivalent of 1.5 standard drinks. That is mainly based on the factors of how much alcohol is in the drink. It also factors in other cocktail ingredients. Depending on the daiquiri composition, that 1.5 measure could change a bit, but it rarely varies wildly from that measure within the count of a standard pour.
What Does a Cherry Daiquiri Taste Like?
A cherry daiquiri can be as sweet as the sweetest cherry, or incredibly tart. It depends on the cherries in the mix, as well as the rum and other complementary ingredients. The cherry flavor lends itself well to many flavor profiles. It can be perfect for a daiquiri, no matter your preferred level of sweet or sour.
Cherry Daiquiris: Put Some Cherry In Your Cup
A cherry daiquiri is sure to put some cheer in your cup. For menu types that include daiquiris, some cherry options are a must. You should be sure to have the ingredients for cherry daiquiris on hand, and BinWise can help you there. Our inventory program software, BinWise Pro, paired with the BinScan mobile app, will help you serve up all daiquiri varieties with ease.