Respect the frozen daiquiri

It’s summer, it’s hot. What do you want to drink? A small, four ounce daiquiri strained into a champagne coupe with no ice or twenty ounces of frozen yumminess poured into a hollowed out pineapple?

Not a hard question.

The frozen daiquiri is perhaps the most refreshing summer cocktail you can sip. Whether poolside, beachfront or land-locked this cocktail sets the scene perfectly.

The frozen daiquiri rarely gets the high esteem it should garner. The lack of respect is largely due to the high number of bad itinerations of frozen daiquiris out in the universe. Every sad chain restraurant has a long list of them and your local bar may even have a huge machine churning a horrible powder mix, sugary daiquiri.

Making a proper frozen daiquiri is easy and it doesn’t have to have half a pound of sugar in it. Measuring your ice is a key step. The ice/liquor ratio is super important. The following recipe is my go-to basic recipe. I may riff with different syrups or add some frozen fruit from this basic recipe.

Everyday Exotic Frozen Daiquiri (Serves 2)

1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
4 oz. silver rum
10-12 ounces of ice

Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend on the smoothie or ice crush setting until you get a smooth consistency. Pour into mug or glass with handle.

***Wonder why I advise using a mug/glass with handle? So your drink won’t melt too fast while you hold it and your hand won’t get cold!

Enjoy the bounty of mango season

It’s mango season in Florida. Fresh mangos are only fifty cents to a dollar each in the grocery store right now. They’re free if you have a tree in your backyard. Making the most of this mango bounty, I came up with two fresh and easy frozen cocktails to get us through this hot, humid summer weather. Enjoy!

Frozen Mango Daiquiri (will serve 3-4)

3 cups ice
1 mango, cubed and frozen
4 oz. dark rum (Myer’s Original Dark)
3 oz. gold rum (Appleton Estate Signature Blend)
3 1/2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. Florida honey

Add all ingredients into a blender and pulse on puree until well blended. Pour into a glass and garnish with a mango wedge. You can also drizzle honey on top if you like.

Frozen Mango Margarita (will serve 3-4)

3 cups ice
1 mango, cubed and frozen
2 oz. lime juice
5 oz. tequila (Milagro Silver)
2 oz. triple sec
1 1/2 oz. agave nectar
1 oz. Florida orange juice

Add all ingredients into a blender and pulse on puree until well blended. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Sprinkle chili powder on top if you like.

Welcome to paradise

Welcome to Everyday Exotic Cocktails. I’m getting ready to launch my first book, “Everyday Exotic Cocktails, Florida Edition.” In this book are fifty awesomely simple recipes for delicious exotic cocktails. The recipes contain ingredients you can easily find in your local grocery store, there are very few special ingredients. By utilizing fresh fruit and homemade syrups, all of the cocktails have amazing flavor and they’re super simple to make.

I choose Florida themed drinks for my first book because it’s known as a vacation paradise. I’ve lived in Florida for over twenty years now and feel I’ve earned my Floridian badge. I proudly wear this badge and revel in the tropical paradise I get to experience everyday. I feel Florida sometimes gets the short stick when it comes to being recognized as a tropical paradise. We have hundreds of varieties of palm trees throughout the state. We have 1197 miles of gorgeous coastline. There are 663 miles of beaches with many different types of sand, from pristine white beaches to coquina rock beaches. We are home exotic creatures like the manatee, the alligator and the Florida panther. We grow beautiful tropical plants in our front yards like frangipani, hibiscus and bird of paradise. Florida is truly a tropical gem and I hope to convey this to you through my original cocktail recipes.

I’ll share bonus recipes here along with tips, tricks and advice on stocking your own home bar, ¬†and entertaining the Everyday Exotic way.