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It’s time to drink your fresh, local fruit.

A true daiquiri, the classic, not the slushy version, is an extremely simple recipe that requires just three common ingredients. It one of the freshest drinks you can make and an essential rum cocktail everyone should know and taste, because it is just about guaranteed to transfer you to a summer state of mind. You’ll find that a well-made daiquiri—they all start with a good white rum—offers a perfect balance of sweet and sour in your glass and can be easily adjusted to personal taste.

The daiquiri has also developed—much like the martini and margarita—into a sort of sub-family of drinks. There are many variations, including the frozen, blended version, and yet, they’re all inspired by this basic recipe of rum, lime juice, and sugar.

With strawberry festivals happening all over Maine later this month, including in South Berwick, Cornish and Cape Elizabeth, let’s celebrate the arrival of Maine summer with strawberries.

MAINE STRAWBERRY FEST DAIQUIRI

Photo by Jessie Lacey

1 1/2 ounces rum (light)
3/4 ounce ​​lime juice (fresh)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 strawberries
basil leaves

Add 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and basil leaves to shaking tin and lightly muddle. Add strawberries and muddle again.

Pour in white rum, lime juice and if needed, simple syrup. Shake with ice.

Strain contents into a chilled glass and garnish with large fresh basil leaf, a slice of strawberry and wedge of lime.

TIPS

If your drink is a bit too tart, add simple syrup. (Make your own by heating equal parts water and sugar until the sugar dissolves, then cool. Store in your fridge). Too sweet? Add more lime.

Jessie Lacey resides at the heart of downtown Portland with her border collie puppy Josie, making cocktails and trouble.