With the end of Summer just a month away I had an itch to make a frozen drink. What's more fun than a frozen drink? Drinking one out of fruit, right? I have drank many piña coladas out of a pineapple and was trying to brainstorm what other fruits I could possibly turn into a serving vessel. Watermelon has had its fair share in the spotlight this summer with being the perfect addition and vessel for frosé.
While I was perusing the produce at my local market last week I spotted a cantaloupe and I knew this fruit was THE ONE. When perfectly ripe it is juicy, sweet and has a floral aroma which sounds perfect to pair with rum. My mind went directly to the daiquiri which is a classic and simple drink but can be completely transformed with the addition of some fresh fruit.
Frozen Cantaloupe Daiquiri, serves 1
1 1/2 oz. rum (I used Plantation Dark)
3/4 oz. rich simple syrup (cane or demerara sugar)
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1 cup of fresh cantaloupe
Cut your cantaloupe evenly into two and scoop out the seeds in center. Carefully scoop out the insides of the fruit and reserve the shells as your serving vessels. You can freeze the shells and the fruit beforehand. Using frozen fruit in drinks or smoothie bowls yields a better and more slushy consistency.
Add all your ingredients to your blender pitcher and blend with a cup of ice. Pour into a cantaloupe shell and garnish with a mint spring and a slice of lime.
This drink is super fruity, refreshing, and so simple to make. I used dark rum in this cocktail because I thought the flavors would mesh well with the richness of the demerara simple syrup and floral aromas of the cantaloupe. Frozen recipes sometimes need to be reworked because of how much water content they have. I like to cut the citrus in half and up the sugar to compensate for all the dilution. Using a richer sugar for your simple syrup, like demerara or cane, instead of plain white sugar also helps to combat an over diluted and tasteless frozen drink. I hope these tips help you next time you're making frozen daiquiris at home. I'm super excited about how this frozen drink in a fruit cup turned out. I hope you try this recipe at home and if you do don't forget to chime in on the comments below. Cheers everyone! xo