Well, our warm weather continues. Not quite summer weather yet, but close enough for me! I had a few bananas that were getting a bit too ripe and so I decided to make something that I usually reserve for the truly warm days of summer – daiquiris! In this case strawberry-banana daiquiris.
And, in case you are not aware, you can freeze bananas. So if I have some that are too ripe but can’t use them right away I pop them into a plastic bag and into the freezer. They can be used in baked goods or are great in this cocktail.
One of the things I really like about this drink (as foo-foo as it is!) is that it’s easy (in fact best) to make a batch at a time. If you only need one, you just put the rest of the batch in a plastic container in the freezer. Since there is alcohol in the mixture it won’t freeze solid. Then, when you want one, you just scoop some of it into a glass and let it sit for a few minutes to soften and you are ready to go!
It’s especially nice if you, for instance, have some hot outdoor work to do. Scoop up a glass and leave it in the fridge until you are done with your work. Then it should be ready when you are. Or it’s great for entertaining as you can make up a batch (or two) well before guests arrive and then just pull the pitchers out a few minutes before your party starts.
Frozen Strawberry-Banana Daiquiris
- 1 pint of fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 small ripe fresh or frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- 4 oz of fresh lime juice
- 4 oz of simple syrup
- 5 oz of rum (I prefer golden but use what you like)
- 2 trays of ice
Add all the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth but not watery. Serve immediately or store in freezer until ready to use.
To serve immediately pour/scoop into stemmed glasses. If mixture has been stored in the freezer it will be frozen but soft enough to scoop into glasses. Let thaw a few minutes before serving.