It’s strawberry season, and I can think of endless culinary possibilities for the sweet, red, ripe berries, including making fresh strawberry daiquiris. A few years ago, I started using honey in my daiquiris for two reasons: It’s a local product and honey doesn’t leave a grainy texture in the drink like granulated sugar does.

About a year ago, Cooper River Distillers opened up close to me, and now I have a source for local rum. Right now, I have access to local strawberries, honey and rum. It seems I have no choice but to make daiquiris this weekend. The only ingredient that isn’t local is the fresh lime juice. Citrus doesn’t grow in South Jersey.

If you live in a region that grows citrus, and you can get rum from a local distillery, you should be able to make this strawberry daiquiri with completely local ingredients. The sweetness of your daiquiri will depend on how much honey you use. I recommend starting with 1/4 teaspoon and adding a little at a time until the drink is to your desired sweetness. After a while, you’ll get to know how much you like and won’t have to taste along the way.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 cups washed, hulled and quartered fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces rum
  • local honey, to taste (I use wildflower honey)
Directions
  1. Add strawberries, ice, lime juice and rum in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add about 1/4 teaspoon honey, blend and then taste. If you want it sweeter, add another 1/4 teaspoon and continue until the drink is to your desired taste.

You can omit the rum, and this makes a great drink non-alcoholic drink. You may need to thin it out with a little bit of water if you want to drink it through a straw.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.