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Here’s a beautifully fruity virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe that makes the best homemade mocktail, no rum required!

Virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe
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Here’s everyone’s favorite mocktail: the Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri! Hands up: who ordered as a tween to feel sophisticated and grown up? (Both of us over here!) This recipe makes a beautifully fruity version of the classic drink, no rum required. There are a few secrets to avoid tasting like a strawberry smoothie: which while delicious, is not what we’re going for. This delicious homemade mocktail is berry-forward, sweet tart and fruity, with a hint of intrigue on the finish. Here’s how to make it!

Ingredients in this virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe

Did you know the Classic Daiquiri is not a frozen fruit puree at all? The strawberry daiquiri is a variation on the Daiquiri, a classic cocktail with lime, rum and simple syrup invented in the 1800’s in Cuba. It’s shaken and stirred, served up in a cocktail glass.

Frozen daiquiris came along later, blended with rum, fruit and ice. There are lots of frozen daiquiri flavors: strawberry daiquirifrozen daiquiri, banana daiquiri, mango daiquiri, etc. This style of drink became very popular in the 1990’s in the US, as you may well know. For a virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe, simply ditch the rum! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Frozen strawberries
  • Simple syrup
  • Lime juice
  • Tonic water or lemon lime soda (Sprite)
  • Ice

Tonic water vs lemon lime soda

The genius behind this virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe is carbonation! Use a little carbonated water or soda to help add intrigue to the flavors so you don’t miss the rum. Here are a few notes on the options:

  • Tonic water is carbonated water with added quinine and sugar (read more here). The sweetness and bitter finish add an intrigue to the flavor. We don’t typically buy soft drinks, so we prefer using tonic water in the blended drink.
  • Lemon lime soda, homemade or Sprite, also works. It’s carbonated and much sweeter than tonic water. A nice idea is to simply add a splash when serving. We made the drink with tonic water, then added a splash of Sprite to the glass when serving. If you add Sprite to the blender, keep in mind the drink will be much sweeter than with tonic water. It’s up to you!
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

Blend until smooth, adding water as necessary

This virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe is easy to blend up: but sometimes you’ll have to use a different amount of liquid depending on the strength of your blender. Here’s what to know:

  • Start with the lower end of the water quantity (below), or even lower. You absolutely don’t want it to be too watery, so be careful!
  • Add just enough water so it blends up. You may need to stir and scrape a few times.
  • If desired, serve with a splash of lemon lime soda. This can help the very thick texture to be more drinkable or sippable with a straw. But be careful: only add a splash to each glass! You want the texture on the thicker side, and it will melt as you drink it.

Of course, you can turn it back into a cocktail!

Are you serving a crowd of some people who want alcoholic drinks and others avoiding alcohol? You can turn this drink into a cocktail, too! Here’s what to do:

  • Make entire virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe below, keeping it on the thicker side texture wise (add just enough water for it to blend).
  • Add 1 ½ ounces rum (3 tablespoons) per glass for the cocktail version.
  • Add the same amount of lemon lime soda for the mocktail version!
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

More mocktail recipes

Looking for more mocktails? We love serving up virgin versions of our classic cocktails. There are different tricks for every drink to get it to mimic the original cocktail. Try these mocktail recipes and pair them with the classic:

When to serve this virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe

This virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe is fun and festive, perfect for parties and entertaining! It’s great as a:

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Virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Here’s a beautifully fruity virgin strawberry daiquiri recipe that makes the best homemade mocktail, no rum required! 


  • 12 ounces (2 cups) frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 cup tonic water or lemon lime soda (Sprite), plus more for serving
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth, thick puree forms, adding just enough water and stopping and scraping as necessary. (All blenders are different, so start at the low end of the water and work up.)
  2. If desired, serve with a small splash of lemon lime soda in each glass (this can make a more drinkable texture, depending on how much liquid you use). Garnish with fresh strawberries and lime wheels, if desired.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Jimmy says:

    Hi there. I tried making this tonight with my wife and followed the recipe, however it didn’t turn out red like yours. Your photos look like ketchup it’s so red. Ours turned out pink. Not exactly sure why since we followed the precise measurements.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      It must be a variation in the strawberries. Sorry!

  2. J. Watson says:

    Daughter approved! Thanks.