Frozen Daiquiris

By: The Local Palate
Frozen daiquiris on a table
Excerpted from South of Somewhere © 2023 by Dale Gray. Food & Author photos by Bella Karragiannidis. Reproduced by permission of Simon & Schuster/Simon Element. All rights reserved.

The city of New Orleans is best described as a place full of soul, culture, and friendly Southerners. However, it is also known for its giant, fruity frozen drink, the daiquiri. Inspired by this unique city, recipe developer and cookbook author Dale Gray gives us her version of the perfect frozen daiquiri in South of Somewhere (Simon & Schuster, 2023)—fresh lime juice, fresh mint, easy-to-make simple syrup, and of course, rum. Since this frozen daiquiri recipe serves two, grab a friend, craft up this frosty beverage and enjoy!

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Serves 2

    Simple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Frozen daiquiri
  • ½ cup light rum
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ⅓ cup homemade simple syrup (store-bought is okay)
  • 3 cups crushed ice or frozen fruit (sliced peaches, halved strawberries, mango, or pineapple chunks)*
  • 4 large fresh mint leaves
  • Garnish: Lime wedges, mint

  • *Let fruit sit for 10 minutes at room temperature before adding to blender if using frozen fruit. This will let it blend more easily.

For the homemade simple syrup:

  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup water and sugar to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat and let syrup cool.
  2. Pour cooled syrup in jar and store. Cover in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

For the daiquiri:

  1. In a high-speed blender combine rum, lime juice, simple syrup, ice or frozen fruit, and mint leaves. Blend until drink is smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Divide daiquiris between two cocktail glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and mint leaves. Enjoy immediately.
  • Recipe From
    Excerpted from South of Somewhere by Dale Gray (Simon & Schuster/Simon Element). Copyright © 2023.

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