Each year, one singular cocktail is named the official cocktail of Tales of the Cocktail. This year the Frozen Daiquiri reigns supreme.
And, out of a slew of competitors, the Desert Lily from Spencer Weaver is the winner. According to drinks writer/competition judge Sarah Baird, who helped choose the final victor,
“The Desert Lily is a spin on the daiquiri that’s both fresh and refreshing. Spencer’s creation pays tribute to the frozen drink’s storied history while making imaginative use of flavors that taste like a sip-able oasis from the summer sun. I plan on relying on one (or a few) to help battle the heat during Tales this week.”
According to Weaver’s submission, his inspiration was as follows:
Inspiration: “I’m picturing me sunburnt on a hot summer day trying to find ways to cool down. What is better than just rubbing aloe onto your sunburn arms, than adding that refreshing flavor into a cocktail to help cool yourself down. Aloe and prickly are both warm climate plants that add a refreshing flavor to a hot summer day. I wanted to add the hint of floral honey in the nose of Caña Brava Rum, so I added a few drops of Lavender Water. This cocktail should cool you down while sipping it on a hot summer day.”
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 oz. Caña Brava Rum
- 1 oz. Aloe Vera drink
- 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
- 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz. Perfect Purée Prickly Pear
- 1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
- 2-3 drops Fee Brothers Lavender Flower Water
Preparation: Add all ingredients into a blender with ice and blend until a frozen slushy. Pour into a large solo cup or other vessel top with an Amarena Fabbri Cherry. If using a large machine add water instead of ice for freezing.