The subtle flavor of strawberries adds a sweet element to rum-based cocktails such as daiquiris. Because of their mild flavor, strawberries act as a flavor enhancer instead of masking the natural flavor of rum. Rum-based strawberry drinks make an excellent alternative for other rum-based drinks, such as a Rum Sour or Cuba Libre.
The Strawberry Daiquiri consists of rum, strawberries, lime juice and simple syrup. To make the drink, throw 6 fresh or frozen strawberries in a blender, add 2 oz. of any flavor of rum, 1/2 oz. of lime juice and 1 tsp. of simple syrup or sugar. Blend the drink and serve it over ice. For extra flair, add a dash of lemon, orange, grapefruit or pomegranate juice or use a flavored syrup instead of simple syrup.
Coladas can be made from any fruit. Mix 1 1/4 oz. of rum with 1 oz. of strawberry liqueur, 1 oz. of strawberry puree, 3 oz. of pineapple juice and 1 1/3 oz. of coconut cream. The drink can be blended with ice in a blender or served on the rocks. For extra flavor, use a different juice instead of pineapple juice or add another fruit, such as blueberries or banana to make a berry or strawberry banana colada. Coladas serve as an excellent drink for tropical dinners or parties with a beach theme.
The Strawberry Kiss consists of 1/2 oz. brandy, 1 oz. rum, 1 oz. strawberry schnapps, 2 oz. of orange juice and 1/2 oz. of cranberry juice. The drink is served over ice and can be garnished with a strawberry or an orange slice. Like many strawberry flavored drinks, the Strawberry Kiss is a sweet drink ideal for people who prefer drinks that taste more like juice than alcohol. To give the drink and extra strawberry kick, use strawberry-infused rum.
Over The Rainbow
A fruity drink designed to taste like rainbow sherbet, Over The Rainbow consists of 2 oz. of spiced rum, 1 oz. of orange liqueur, 4 slices of peach, 2 strawberries and 2 scoops of rainbow sherbet. Blend the drink with a scoop of ice and serve it as a dessert. Alter the drink by using different flavors of sherbet, substituting sorbet for sherbet or using mangoes instead of peaches.
Mix two parts strawberry rum with 1 part lemon juice, 1 part simple syrup and 3 strawberries. Shake the drink and serve it over ice. For flavor twists, add lime juice, cranberry juice or basil. You can also add ice and serve it as a blended drink. Serve strawberry lemonade as an adult substitute for lemonade at a barbecue or a pool party.
Make any rum drink into a strawberry rum drink by using strawberry rum. The sweet, fruity flavor of strawberries blends well with simple and creamy flavors such as coke, iced tea, fruit juices, cream and fruit liqueurs. You can often substitute strawberry puree for other fruit purees. Strawberries pair well with tangy, citrus flavors such as orange, lime and lemon juice.