MxMo LXXI: The “Craft” Strawberry Daiquiri


When I saw the prompt for this month’s Mixology Monday, I knew I had to participate. Here’s the challenge:


The evolution of the cocktail has been a wondrous, and sometimes, frightful journey… But with all this focus on “craft” ingredients and classic tools & form, it seems we have become somewhat pretentious…Remember, the bar was created with pleasing one particular group in mind: the guest. As such, this month’s MxMo theme… will focus on concocting a craft cocktail worthy of not only MxMo but any trendy bar, using dubious and otherwise shunned ingredients to sprout forth a craft cocktail that no one could deny is anything less.

Thanks to Scott Diaz of Shake, Stir, & Sip for hosting.

Why am I so excited about this challenge? Because to me, “craft” is all about paying attention to how ingredients mix, not about obscure bitters or hard-to-find liqueurs. I talk a lot about this in my book, and this challenge gave me a chance to revisit the concept.

So without further ado I present:

The “Craft” Strawberry Daiquiri

the following is adapted from pages 125-127 of Craft Cocktails at Home



Craft Strawberry Daiquiri

1.5 oz. White Rum
1 oz. Lime Juice
0.5 oz. 1:1 Simple Syrup
1 tbsp Strawberry Preserves
1-2 drops Orange Flower Water

Shake all ingredients with ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. No garnish.


  • I rebottle my orange flower water into a 2-oz. dropper bottle for precision dosing.
  • More notes after the pretty picture.


More notes, as promised.

  • It’s important to double-strain to get out all the seeds and fruit chunks that come in preserves.
  • I use the 3” RSVP Endurance Conical Strainer. For more body, only double strain half the drink. I kind of like the little seeds.
  • Orange flower water is available in most middle eastern supermarkets. If you can’t find it, substitute ¼ oz. elderflower liqueur for ¼ oz. simple syrup to get that floral note again. I don’t like rose water as a substitute for orange flower water—they are very different, in my opinion.
  • Orange flower water is a hydrosol—an intensely-flavored water-based byproduct of essential oil production.
  • The orange flower water and high acidity help to replicate the freshness of just-picked strawberries. I forget where I read this trick, but it’s so effective!
  • Feel free to sub in dry white wine for the rum to make this drink a low-ABV introduction to craft cocktails.
  • I used to call for good quality strawberry preserves, but I actually find it a little easier to use the little squeeze bottles.

Time Out: Strawberry Jam?! How is that “Craft”?

Fruit preserves are a great way to experiment with flavor without dropping lots of benjamins on fancy liqueurs and syrups.

In fact, here are few more reasons they’re awesome:

  • You probably won’t do better at home. Fruit flavors do not dissolve readily into water. To incorporate fruit flavors into a cocktail, your best bet would be to make a liqueur or syrup, but the flavor of these would not be as concentrated as preserves.
  • They are balanced. Preserves makers add just enough sugar to achieve the ideal acid-to-sugar balance. And that means it’s usually ok to add them to a sour without mussing with the other components too much. Easy.
  • Texture comes included. Try the strawberry daiquiri recipe. You’ll notice that the drink ends up with an attractive, long-lasting foam and luscious mouthfeel. That’s due to the naturally-occurring pectins in strawberries that act as thickeners. I wouldn’t pair gomme syrup with fruit preserves for this reason as well.

The book has recipes for drinks using blueberry and blackberry jams as well – what’s your favorite cocktail using  fruit preserves?



  1. Surge September 8, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Use a premium white rum (I like Oronoco), skip the preserves, add a splash of chilled soda at the end for a fabulous bouquet of rummy cane flowers. Adjust syrup to taste, of course – I like a bit over 3/4 oz.

    Twist: add a few mint leaves for a high-end mojito-like accent.


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