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Tailgate Recipe: Classic and Frozen Variations to your New Tailgate Favorite, the Daiquiri

What makes a daiquiri a daiquiri? The classic daiquiri involves rum as your alcoholic main ingredient. It also typically has a citrus and some form of sweetener.

From there, many variations have spawned to include the classic shaken version to the more crowd-friendly frozen versions.

The variations are truly endless so long as you have those three signature ingredients.


Shaken or Stirred? Shaken, Of Course, This Isn’t a Martini

The classic daiquiri involves a shaker and ice.

Go ahead and add that to your packing list to bring with you on game day. I suppose you could stir the ingredients together, but you still need to strain the liquid away from the ice.

That is why the shaker is so important.


Plus, you will look super fancy when you bring all of your bartending fare with you to your tailgate.

Typically, you would want to chill your glass so that once you pour your drink, it stays nice and cold. However, this is a tailgate, and let’s be honest, the real glass may not be the best game plan.

Plan B is always in season. You have the small, clear, plastic drinking cups. Fill them with ice and voila, you have chilled “glasses.”

Just make sure that you dump the ice out before filling your cup. If you don’t, you will have a cold drink, but you will also have one that is watered down.

The following recipes are for one drink, but in your shaker, you could easily back out of the ice a bit and add more fluid. I think it would be safe to mix two to three drinks at a time.

The Classic Daiquiri

Since we have seen so many variations to the classic, we better review the classic daiquiri for good measure. Let us not forget the roots and the classic simplicity that is so beloved.

This and many of the following recipes call for simple syrup. This can either be bought in the store or you can save yourself the trip and make it yourself.

Simple syrup turns out to be rather simple to make yourself. It contains equal parts of sugar and water. What makes this so great is that you can make what you need and not have a bunch of it laying around.

Simply take one part of sugar, say 1 cup and 1-part water, also one cup, and put them in a saucepan. Heat them up until the sugar is dissolved. When it is completely clear, the sugar has dissolved, and you can remove it from the heat. Once it is cool, keep it cold untilyour need to use it.

Simple, right?

Pro tip: you can also add any flavor that you want to your simple syrup to add a bit more flair to your drinks. The important part is doing so when it is warm and removing the added flavor inducers before you put the simple syrup in the refrigerator. You could add fruit, herbs, peppers – the kitchen is really your oyster here.


  • 2 cups ice, crushed, plus more for chilling glass
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice, strained
  • ½ ounce simple syrup

How to make:

  • Chill glass by placing ice in it, set aside while preparing the cocktail.
  • Into the shaker, add 2 cups crushed ice.
  • Pour over ice, rum lime juice, and simple syrup.
  • Cover, shake vigorously.
  • Remove ice from drinking glass.
  • Strain cocktail into glass.

Hemingway Daiquiri

Earnest Hemmingway was known to burn the midnight oil sipping on this variation of the classic daiquiri. He did this so much so that he has become the namesake of the Hemingway daiquiri. This combination offers the same ingredients as the classic daiquiri with added citrus in the form of grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur as the sweetener.


  • 2 cups ice, crushed
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce maraschino liqueur
  • Lime slices

How to make:

  • Chill the glass.
  • Into the shaker, add ice.
  • Pour over ice, white rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and maraschino liqueur.
  • Shake well and strain into chilled glass.
  • Garnish with lime, if desired.


Chinatown Daiquiri

Do you like a little spice in your life?

A little Asian twist?

If so, this one is perfect for you and your friends.

The Chinatown daiquiri adds a bit of spice with the strawberry-sriracha puree for a nice balance of sweet and spicy. The honey and ginger syrups create a harmonizing blend of flavors that would pair nicely with Asian inspired and tailgate friendly chicken wings or spring rolls.


  • 2 cups ice, crushed
  • 2 ounces Appleton Rum
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce strawberry-sriracha puree
  • ½ ounce honey syrup
  • ½ ounce ginger syrup
  • Fortune cookie, optional

How to make:

  • Into the shaker, add ice.
  • Pour over ice, the rum, lime juice, strawberry-sriracha puree, honey, and ginger syrups.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a fortune cookie.

Mulata Daiquiri

Nothing really says day drinking more than the Mulata daiquiri. This cocktail combines the flavors of rum, lime, and either chocolate or coffee to create the perfect cocktail for an early game. While this recipe calls for simple syrup, you could get creative here to add more flavor, or you could stick with the delicious cocktail as is.


  • 2 cups ice, crushed
  • 2 ounces rum
  • ½ ounce chocolate or coffee liqueur
  • ¼ ounce lime
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup

How to make:

  • Into the shaker, add ice.
  • Pour rum, liqueur, lime, and simple syrup.
  • Shake and strain into chilled glass.
  • Garnish with lime wedge.

A Modern Twist on a Classic Drink: The Frozen Daiquiri

It is tailgate time and you want to spend as little time preparing cocktails at the moment.

You want to enjoy the experience. You want to spend as much time as everyone else partying with your friends before you team tears up the field.

Am I right?

Then I give to you, the host friendly and ever delicious frozen daiquiri.

Let’s think this through for a minute.

Let’s assume you are the power tailgater. You have a generator that all your cooking equipment and radios and whatever else power absorbing goodies you have are plugged into.

This is great!

You can just plug in your blender and make the crowd a frozen daiquiri, right there, right then.

Now, let’s assume you are more like me and are thinking, “how in the world will I serve frozen drinks in a parking lot?”

That is a great question and I have the most perfect answer.

Make the drinks ahead of time. Split them into plastic bags. Squeeze out all excess air and then lay them flat in your freezer for at least three hours. Now it is time to pack your cooler. Remove the bags and lay on ice until you and your tailgate buddies are thirsty.

Now get this, all you have to do is open the bag and pour the contents into glasses. It even has the slushy consistency.

I say, save a cooler exclusively for frozen daiquiris!

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Frozen Lime Daiquiri

The frozen lime daiquiri is a duplicate of the classic daiquiri we discussed earlier. This one, however, is frozen.

Make ahead using the genius baggie method just discussed or with your blender on site.

This recipe is based off a single drink. Just break out your calculator and multiply until you have the desired number of drinks.


  • 2 ounces rum
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice
  • 1-ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ cup ice
  • Lime wedge

How to make:

  • Add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to a blender.
  • Blend until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
  • Pour into a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

Strawberry Daiquiri

The frozen strawberry daiquiri is my favorite.

Who is with me?

It is so refreshing and so sweet, while also remaining a bit subtle. This pairs nicely with all the things.

Strawberry daiquiri and a burger? Sure, sounds great!

Strawberry daiquiri and chicken wings? Even better!

Strawberry daiquiri and chips? Umm, duh, yeah!

I could go on, but I digress.


  • 6 cups ice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 ounces strawberries, frozen
  • 1-ounce lime juice
  • 4 ounces lemon juice
  • 6 ounces rum
  • 2 ounces lemon-lime flavored soft drink such as Sprite
  • Fresh strawberry, optional

How to make:

  • Try the baggie method from above. Or add ice, sugar, and frozen strawberries to a blender and combine.
  • Pour in lime juice, lemon juice, rum, and lemon-lime flavored soft drink.
  • Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour into a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with fresh strawberry, if desired.
  • Serve.

Turns Out the Daiquiri Can Be a Tailgate Cocktail

While the daiquiri is commonly known as a classic drink, it isn’t necessarily the first one that pops into mind when you are planning a tailgate party.

However, with a bit of creativity, you can make this drink work for you and your fellow tailgaters.

I hope that you have found one that is just right for you and your group of tailgaters!

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Last update on 2021-08-29 at 06:10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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