A Classic Frozen Cocktail Made Better (+ a Giveaway!)

July 24, 2015

We've partnered with Carnival Cruise Line to discover the next cocktail for their Havana Bar aboard the new Carnival Vista, and the winner is going on a cruise! See details below on how to enter (and read on for our ideal island drink).

Today: The summer drink that will make you feel like you're on vacation without even leaving home.

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I was once asked, in a bar, unprecedented, what my ideal daiquiri ratio was.   

It was a perfectly good question, indicative of knowledge that good bartenders often judge their brethren on their ability to balance rum, lime, and sugar in a cocktail that can stand on its own two feet. (To wit: They have a whole section on daiquiri ratios in the Death & Co book.) 

I remember wanting to say: big, frozen, in a neon plastic glass with a curly straw. I wanted to offset our start. I wanted to go for surprise. And most nights after most long days, I prefer to drink my first cocktail, not expound on it. (Maybe I’ll want to talk about the second.)   

I don’t remember what I did say, but even though, in that moment, I was using the frozen daiquiri as a counterpoint to higher cocktail culture, I don’t really feel that it is: Frozen daiquiris are good. They are carefree and practically vacation in a glass and you are fooling yourself if you say you don’t like them. You’re not fooling us: Lime and rum and sugar and ice are practically hardwired to be likable.   

And this cocktail is hardwired to be dead simple: Pour ingredients into blender. Press blend. Pour into large vessel. Add a curly straw if you want—you can still be proud of the ratio.   

Frozen Daiquiri

Makes 5 drinks  

8 ounces light rum 
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 
3 teaspoons superfine sugar 
4 cups crushed ice
Lime wheels for garnish (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Bobbi Lin 

We partnered with Carnival to celebrate the opening of the Havana Bar—on their newest ship Carnival Vista—debuting in 2016. Add your favorite tropical cocktail recipe in the comments below for a chance to win a Carnival cruise (make sure to tell us by Friday, July 31 11:59 PM EST—and then we'll pick one winner).

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I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


Christine B. September 27, 2015
A good hurricane.
1 Shot light rum
1 Shot dark rum
3oz of orange juice
2 oz of pineapple juice
1/2 Shot of grenadine
1/2 Shot Myers rum
Sever over ice and garnish with a cherry and pineapple slice
Christine B. September 27, 2015
Frozen kiki lime.
Light and fresh
Pour kiki lime over ice and blended in a blender.
Very refreshing and relaxing summer drink.
Andrea J. August 4, 2015
I love a spicy grapefruit paloma!
1 oz lime juice
½ tsp agave
1 serrano pepper slice
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
2 oz blanco tequila
2 oz jarritos style grapefruit soda

Salt rim:
2 teaspoons kosher and/or sea salt
1 tsp chili powder
Lime wedge, for lining the rim
Small grapefruit wedges, for garnish
chad July 31, 2015
My favorite drink I had while in Panama was based on El Nacional, a famous Cuban cocktail:

50ml Havana Club Añejo 3 años
10ml apricot brandy
25ml fresh pineapple juice
10ml sugar syrup
20ml fresh lime juice
chad July 31, 2015
My favorite summertime after dinner drink is a grasshopper:
two parts gin
one part brandy
one part Creme de Menthe
Rachel O. July 31, 2015
I had this delicious specialty cocktail at the Loft restaurant in Ashland, OR. It’s a vacation getaway in a glass! It’s called the Hot Monkey:
hot pepper vodka
peach vodka
passion fruit syrup
apricot nectar
fresh mint
finish with a spicy sugared rim
Heather H. July 31, 2015
I'm a Miami girl, so I call this variation of a mojito the Biscayne Baybreeze:
8-10 mint leaves
3 limes, squeezed and dropped
.5 oz simple syrup
2 oz coconut rum
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz pineapple juice
Shake it up, and then top it with sprite and a nice pineapple wedge!
Kev O. July 31, 2015
Nutty Captain Passion
1 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
½ cup Amaretto
2½ cups passion fruit juice
2 cups Pineapple juice
Fresh raspberries
Blend or throw in a pitcher to serve and enjoy; good on ice or served "martini" style
Kelly M. July 30, 2015
My all time favorite tropical drink is the dirty banana!
1 oz coconut rum
1 oz banana liquer
1 oz kahlua
1/2 c half and half
1 frozen banana
4 ice cubes
Blend ingredients together until smooth. you can also add whipped topping and chocolate syrup on top for a little something extra
Ro Q. July 30, 2015
This is a nice sweet drink to enjoy at the Havana Bar.
1 oz Stoli Vodka
1 oz Southern Comfort
.5 oz Sloe Gin
.5 oz Amaretto
.5 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Lime juice
pour all ingredients into a mixing glass shaken and serve over ice
Enjoy by the pool.
Kris O. July 30, 2015
This has always been one of my favorite fruity cocktails; been drinking it since I was 21! I call it Nutty Comfort

1 -1/2 ozs Absolut Vodka
3/4 oz southern comfort
1/2 oz amaretto
2 ozs pineapple juice
4 ozs orange juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
ginger ale
garnish with fresh lime
Mer B. July 30, 2015
So, my sister and I have two favorites, both using Kinky. One is the "Dew Me" Mountain Dew and Kinky (the pink one). Tastes almost peachy...YUM! The other? The "Glow Stick"...also diet Dew and Kinky...this time the blue stuff. Looks just like a yellow glow stick. Both are simply fantastic and oh-so easy!
Gail H. July 30, 2015
Pink lemonade, frozen, raspberries, vodka, and ice; mix in blender
Karen B. July 30, 2015
Plain, simple and delicious..."Dr. Pepper Cocktail"... Serve a jigger (or more) of Amaretto, Dr. Pepper and a splash of Grenadine over ice. Texans like me love their Dr. Pepper. This grownup version is even better!
Shatima R. July 30, 2015
It's Called: VACATION GETAWAY..... Rum, Blue Curacao, Peach Schnapps, Pina Colada (FROZEN) I Actual was the Cruise Drink Winner and it Sold the Whole Cruise........ SHATIMA RUFFIN
Troy J. July 30, 2015
Pineapple & Mango Rum Cocktail

2 1/2 small ripe mangoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups), plus 1/2 mango cut into slices with skin, for garnish
4 ounces best-quality golden rum
4 cups fresh pineapple juice (from a 4 1/2-pound pineapple)
Fresh tropical fruit, such as dragon fruit and star fruit, for garnish

Puree mangoes, rum, and 1/2 cup water in a blender. Pour 2 ounces puree into each of six 12-ounce glasses. Fill glasses with ice, and top off with pineapple juice. Garnish with tropical fruit.
Niki J. July 30, 2015
I LOVE a Blue Hawaii !

3 ounces pineapple juice
3/4 ounce white rum
3/4 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce blue Curacao
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Cherry and a pineapple wedge (for serving)

In a cocktail shaker, combine pineapple juice, rum, vodka, lemon juice, blue Curacao, and simple syrup. Shake and strain over ice. Serve with a cherry and a pineapple wedge.
Sarah R. July 30, 2015
Italian Surfer With an Attitude...8 oz banana vodka, 8 oz amaretto, 4 oz dark rum, 4 oz light rum, 4 oz cranberry juice, 4 oz pinapple juice. Blend, pour over ice. Top with an umbrella and cherry! Great drink. Beautiful colors, smells good, but has a strong kick!
Liz M. July 30, 2015
Since it's for the Havana bar why not name it La Habana mojeto
1 ounce rum
6 Mint leaves
Fresh pineapple slice
1 ounce Pineapple juice
1 ounce Coconut rum
1/2 lime juice .... Mix together serve over ice super refreshing !
Jannell L. July 29, 2015
Malibu rum & white rum with blueberry puree, creme de coco, and soda h20 or sprite! A few blueberries on an umbrella floating in the drink, I call it purple paradise I just made some for my luau and they were huge hit!