Buckets of Daiquiris-TGIF!

My grandma makes the best daiquiris ever.

I know, I know- traditionally, grandmas make things like little knit booties, or ugly sweaters, or muffins or something, but my grandma is AWESOME.

Anyway… Sometimes as photographers, we have stressful days. When that happens, what we need are buckets of daiquiris.

That's right- BUCKETS.

This is a top secret family recipe from my grandma and today I will share it with you all, as long as you promise to keep it on the DL, ok?

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A Bucket of Daiquiris
What you'll need:

  • One large container with an airtight lid- you can use an ice cream bucket, or Tupperware container. (I'm going to  use my pink Tupperware because it matches my brand!)
  • One 750 mL bottle of White Rum
  • Two tins of frozen Limeade concentrate
  • One tin of water
  • One bottle of Sprite or 7up

Pour both tins of Limeade into your bucket. Add the water, and rum. Mix just enough that the Limeade dissolves, then add the Sprite. Don't mix the bubbles out- that will help your drinks to not freeze solid. (I mean… it's a lot of rum, so it's probably not going to anyway, but just in case)

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At this stage, you have a few choices. If you're impatient like me, you'll love the first two. If you're a sucker for perfection, then the third option, which is the way the recipe was originally written, is for you.

1. You can pour this mixture over some muddled lime slices & mint leaves, add some ice, and make a Mojito on the rocks! Yum!
2. You can grab some frozen strawberries, pour the lime mixture over them in a blender, and make a fresh strawberry daiquiri- which is my favorite.
3. You can seal up your bucket, and chuck it in the freezer overnight (I know, right?! Who has time for that?!)

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Traditionally, daiquiris are made with a sugared rim and a slice of lime as a garnish. The easy way to make your drinks look fancy is to take two plates, pour a little water or lime juice into one, and about 1/4 cup sugar into the other. Dip the rim of your glass into the water, then into the sugar. Slice up some limes & strawberries and you've got a perfectly garnished party beverage- or your new editing BFF.

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Look how pretty these are! My friend Jan owns a paint store called the Painted Crate, and she made these beautiful trays from reclaimed wood, some old handles, and TLC.

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Strawberry Daiquiri

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Lime Mojito

If you picked option three- GOOD FOR YOU! I bet you're also a film photographer, and if so, I applaud your patience. I personally can't wait for results and almost go crazy even waiting for Lightroom to import my photos, so I rarely make it this far.

Once your daiquiris are good and frozen, grab your bucket out of the freezer and let it sit on the counter for about 5 minutes. Use a spoon to slush up the drink, and spoon it into a glass with a sugared rim. Add a lime slice, and voila! The perfect lime daiquiri.
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Frozen Daiquiris- perfectly slushy!

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These are the perfect drink to wind down on a deck and watch the sunset.
Hope you guys enjoy!

 

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