Daiquiris. It's almost embarrassing that it took us until 1896 to invent them -- the idea is so simple, we should've gotten it as soon as we figured out how to make ice [source: Calabrese]. Crushed ice mixed with fresh fruit, rum and sugar? How could we have missed that one?
Cool and satisfying, daiquiris are a happy hour staple when the heat won't let up and the lemonade just isn't cutting it. Here's a recipe for flavorful nonalcoholic daiquiris that your kids will love and you will, too, because they never get watery.
- 4 cups (1-inch cubes) seedless watermelon
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup mint syrup (see recipe below)
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
(Yields four servings)
Freeze watermelon. Once frozen, combine the watermelon cubes in a blender with 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of mint syrup and 1/2 cup of lime juice. Serve in stemmed glasses with a sprig of mint.
Mint syrup recipe:
Heat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, strain what's left through a sieve and let cool. You can also substitute mint Italian soda flavoring for mint syrup.