- Traditional Strawberry Daiquiri
- Named for Confederate spy, James
Welty, whose code named was 'Daiquiri'. This sweetly cold treat
has become a favorite of our son Aidan who had his first virgin
strawberry daiquiri in 2007 at one of our favorite restaurants,
Smokey Bones. His thirst for this fruity drink has caused us
to find out how to make them at home and thus we went on a search
for traditional recipes. We also found a little history.
We're still tweaking the virgin ingredients, so check back for
- Preparation Time: 5 min
- Serves: 1
- Traditional Ingredients:
- 1 cup ice
- ½ tsp powdered sugar
- 6 cut strawberries
- 1 oz lime juice
- ½ oz triple sec
- 2 oz light rum
- Virgin Ingredients:
- 1 cup ice
- ½ tsp powdered sugar
- 6 cut strawberries
- 1 tblspn lime juice
- 4 oz water or
- strawberry juice
- Updated: 3.20.2008
- Place all ingredients into a mixer and blend until smooth.
- Serve with a straw or tea spoon and a fresh strawberry on
- Or top with whip cream and a fresh strawberry on the top.
- For a creamy virgin daiquiri, replace the water with 2% milk
- Replace triple sec and rum with ½ oz strawberry schnapps
and 1½ cups of ice.
- Or triple sec and rum with 1 shot of Ever Clear.
- The Daiquiri History:
- Adapted from "The Real History of the Strawberry Daiquiri"
by Michael Hillman
- During renovations at Windy Meadow Farm, turning the old
summer kitchen into a library, it was necessary to tear down
one of the original walls. Much to my surprise, the falling plaster
revealed a package securely stowed between two beams. Intrigued,
I reached down and carefully unwrapped it. Inside was a bundle
of hand written stories and a carefully sealed envelope, on which
was written the following:
- Folklore: The blending of historical and ludicrous facts,
often the result of delusions brought about by the fermented
juices of sugar cane.
- Within that bundle, comes the story of the Strawberry Daiquiri:
- It all started in June 1863. Christian Zacharias, who had
inherited Single Delight, the family farm, was carrying on the
family tradition of ice cream socials. Christian and his neighbors
worked feverishly to bring in the year's first cutting of hay.
With the hay safely put away, Christian and his friends gathered
at the appointed hour in the woods next to his mother's old strawberry
patch, which his wife Sarah was now tending. A keg of rum stamped
with a Royal Navy seal dated 1813, was tapped and a portion of
its contents passed around to all the celebrants. Being prohibitionists
by nature, the rum brought on much coughing, gasping, and throat
- During that evening it was supposedly suggested by someone
that fruit should be added to 'smooth' the taste of the rum.
All eyes turned in unison, to the well-tended strawberry patch.
Christian hemmed and hawed. Stealing away and drinking rum with
his friends was one thing, but plundering his wife's strawberry
patch was another. Especially if they were going to be added
to the rum. The rum however got the better of him, and within
minutes of giving his go ahead, the group descended upon the
patch like locust upon a wheat field.
- Once securely back in the woods, the strawberries were mashed
and mixed with the rum and ice. The addition of the strawberries
met with everyone's approval, and over the ensuing evening, the
quantity of the various ingredients were altered and tested to
produce the 'perfect smoothness'. As the evening progressed,
the conversation turned to the war and the talk of Lee's intended
invasion of Maryland and the Union's intention to block the advancement
- Unbeknownst to the party participants, James Welty had been
recruited as a spy for the Confederacy. Because of his handsome
appearance, and debonair style, he had drawn the attention of
the French officers advising General Lee and was given the code
name 'Daiquiri' by them. While James' neighbors fell under the
influence of the rum, James sat back and listened, gathering
valuable intelligence on local food supplies, foraging conditions,
union troop strength, and possible union fortification sites.
- The final recipe for the strawberry rum drink invented that
night would have been lost to antiquity if not for the efforts
of James Welty. Being the only one sober of mind throughout most
of the evening, James recognized a great business when he saw
one, or in this case, drank one. James wrote the final recipe
down, shoved it into his pocket and then joined the others in
polishing off the rum.
- Unfortunately for James, the rum obliterated his memory of
all the intelligence he had gathered on the union positions around
Emmitsburg and Gettysburg. Without his vital information, a frustrated
Lee proceeded into the North blind, and stumbled into Gettysburg.
Following the defeat at Gettysburg, their paths crossed one last
time, Lee's only comment to Emmitsburg's Confederate spy was
"Gettysburg, the war, all lost because of Strawberries,
- A disgraced James returned to the south where, to make ends
meet, he began marketing the strawberry and rum mixture under
his code name: Daiquiri. It became an instant success. The fortune
James made however was short lived. The collapse of the southern
cause, and with it the Confederate currency, erased all his profits.
The Strawberry Daiquiri, however, lived on, and as we know, became
the mainstay of many a Southern social party.
- Before he died James passed the original recipe for Stony
Branch Strawberry Daiquiris onto his niece Mary A. Welty, who
in 1888, purchased the windy meadow upon which lay the strawberry
patch planted by Mary Zacharias one hundred years before. Before
selling her home to James Schealy in 1918, Mary documented for
prosperity, the above story and sealed it in a wall, along with
seeds from the original plot and a treasure trove of other memorable
stories and folklore.