Guava Daiquiri

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Guava Daiquiri

One of the things I love to do is browse the produce section in our local grocery store and find things I’ve never tried or worked with in my cooking adventures. To be clear, the selection isn’t overwhelming, but I’m always intrigued when I come across a fruit or vegetable that is unique.

On one of my recent trips, I came across guava and thought, we could do something with this. Guava Daiquiri is the result of our efforts, and it is definitely tasty. What’s interesting with guava is that I discovered you can eat the entire fruit, including the skin. Simply wash the fruit, remove the stem and you’re good to go. Guava is also one of those fruits that provides a base for many other recipes because it’s high in pectin, a natural substance within the fruit that assists in thickening sauces, jams or pies. That’s why it was perfect for this drink. There was no ice needed to thicken the daiquiri. Guava is also not overly sweet, another bonus.

Making the Drink

This is a simple recipe to prep. Start by washing the guavas and cutting off the ends. Using a 4″ Paring Knife, halve and quarter them.

Slicing the guava with a 4" paring knife.

Put the pieces of fruit into a blender and blend on low speed, adding a bit of water if the puree is too thick.

A key step to preparing this drink is, once the guava is pureed, push it through a strainer with a Stainless Teaspoon to remove any seeds or larger pieces of pulp. You want a very smooth mixture for your drink.

Press the guava through a strainer.

The drink gets its sweetness from a simple syrup. In a sauce pan over medium heat, mix water and sugar, and cook until the liquid is clear. Make sure to stir frequently and then allow the mixture to cool.

Fill a shaker with ice cubes and add two ounces of the guava puree (this will only be half or a third of the total amount of puree, depending on the size of your guavas). Continue adding the rest of the ingredients, making sure to measure everything. Shake vigorously to combine the ingredients and pour into your favorite chilled glass.

Use a Trimmer to cut thin slices of lime and place a lime slice on the rim of the drink.

Placing lime on the rim.

This recipe makes two to four daiquiris, depending on the size of your guavas.

While mixed drinks are not my preferred beverage, this Guava Daiquiri was light, refreshing and something just a bit different for those warm summer months. The thickness of the guava puree holds up to the heat as you’re not relying on crushed ice to make the drink thicker. It’s definitely worth a try. Cheers!

Guava Daiquiri

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Ingredients

For the guava puree:

  • 4 fresh guavas

For the simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

For each daiquiri:

  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces guava puree
  • 2 ounces rum (light or golden)
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 lime, cut into full-moon slices for decoration

Directions

  1. To make the guava puree, wash the guava fruit then trim off the ends and any brown spots.
  2. Cut each fruit in half and then quarter each half. Put the fruit into a blender or food processor and process on low speed for approximately 30 seconds or until the fruit is completely blended. Add water if the puree is too thick.
  3. Press the blended guava through a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl to remove any seeds or lumps. Reserve guava puree in bowl.
  4. To make the simple syrup, in a sauce pan add 1/2 cup of white sugar to 1/2 cup of water and stir. Place over medium heat and stir until the liquid is completely clear. Remove from heat and allow to cool.  
  5. In a shaker filled with ice cubes, add the guava puree, rum, lime juice and simple syrup.
  6. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled martini glass.
  7. Decorate with lime slice and serve immediately.

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