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Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float – A Rum Dessert Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A great combination of dessert and cocktail in one, a frozen strawberry daiquiri float on top of vanilla ice cream!


As frequent readers of our blog know, we are kind of obsessed with making lots of classic craft cocktails. Every now and then it is fun to wander away from the classics into something new, with this frozen daiquiri. One way to find something new is to see what you our readers are looking to drink this spring and summer and get some inspiration from that!


The other day we did a little poll on our Facebook page to see what our readers might want to see (you are following us on Facebook aren’t you?) and posed a poll of some popular drinks that you readers might like to see us make!


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Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float with ice cream in coupes. Gold dot straws. Wooden spoons. Flowers, jigger and metal container in background

Daiquiri Float

The people have spoken and it seems that a whole bunch of our readers are into daiquiris! The daiquiri is often considered one of the essential cocktails to know, a classic from the 1800’s and a famous drink in popular culture over the many years since its invention!


It was originally conceived by an American who was living in Cuba in the years after the Spanish American war. It’s quintessentially a tropical feeling cocktail, using lime juice, cane sugar and the most tropical of spirits, rum.

Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float with ice cream. Gold dot straws.

Blender / Fine Mesh Strainer

What is the History of the Daiquiri?

The original recipe is really simple, consisting of cane sugar and fresh lime juice and white rum. The tart lime and bold dark flavor from the cane sugar dominated the flavor of the original drink. They combined into a refreshing sweet tart drink that helped cut through the heat and humidity of Cuba’s warm nights!

Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float, red cocktails with ice cream in gold rimmed coupes. Gold dot straws. Wooden spoons, jigger, white flowers and metal container in background

Gold Rimmed Coupes / Wooden Spoons / Jigger / Paper Straws

The daiquiri really didn’t spread much further than the shores of Cuba until the 1920’s and 1930’s when a bartender at the Floridita in Havana added shaved ice and a blender to the equation and the frozen daiquiri was born! Perfectly cool and infinitely more summer sip-able than the original. The frozen daiquiri was the perfect respite from the sweltering Cuban heat.

Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float with ice cream top shot. Gold dot straws. Jigger and flowers

It was at this point the Daiquiri was exposed to a much wider audience thanks to noted writer and drinker, Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was known to haunt the rail at the Floridita where he often found drinking his take on the daiquiri. (The Papa Doble aka skip the sugar and double the rum!) and writing dispatches from Cuba.


Hemingway’s fame and romantic vision of this tropical drink and America’s growing obsession with all things tropical (see the Tiki craze of the 1950s and our take on Tiki) made this a drink popular at cocktail and pool parties alike!

Float with ice cream in a coupe. Gold dot straws

What flavors did we want to Use in the Daiquiri?

Now that you know a little history, its time to mix it up a bit! We decided to combine two of our favorite things, cocktails and boozy desserts. So we then made our Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float! We love the combination of strawberry and rhubarb, and with both in season in the spring, it is the perfect time to combine these flavors into an delicious syrup.

Strawberry Rhubarb is a great combination of sweet and sour. This works really well with the sweet tart flavors of a daiquiri cocktail, adding a bright summery freshness to the daiquiri.

Float in coupe with ice cream. Jigger, flowers and wooden spoons

What Ingredients are Needed for the Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float?

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup
    • Strawberries
    • Sugar
    • Water
    • Rhubarb
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri
    • Ice
    • Lime Juice
    • White Rum
    • Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup
    • Strawberries
    • Vanilla Ice Cream


With the cocktail part of this taken care of, we need to bring in the dessert part! What also goes really well with strawberries? How about vanilla ice cream! We love strawberry rhubarb pie ala mode, so why not combine a strawberry rhubarb daiquiri cocktail with some vanilla ice cream?


We poured the Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri over a couple of scoops of ice cream, because why not? So we then made ourselves a “Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float!”

Float in gold rimmed coupes, wooden spoons. Jigger, flowers and metal container in background

Perfect for sipping by the pool on a hot summer night, you really need to give the Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Cocktail Float a try. This combination is a real winner! The ice cream really pulls out the rum flavors and adds a cool creamy sweetness to the tart daiquiri making this a delicious boozy treat! Try our Rhubarb Collins, too!




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Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float, red cocktails with ice cream in gold rimmed coupes, gold dot straws. White flowers in background
Yield: 4

Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri Float

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A dessert and a cocktail all in one, this frozen daiquiri is perfect over vanilla ice cream.


Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 2-3 stalks rhubarb, chopped

Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream per glass
  • 2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 3 ounces strawberry rhubarb syrup
  • 4 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ice, not needed if you use frozen strawberries


For the Cocktail

Place the strawberries, rum, lime juice, syrup and ice into a blender.

Blend until no big strawberry or ice chunks remain.

Place the ice cream into a large margarita glass or cocktail coupe.

Pour the daiquiri mix over the ice cream.


For the Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

Chop the strawberries and rhubarb into chunks.

Place into a small saucepan.

Pour sugar onto the strawberry and rhubarb chunks.

Add in the water.

Gently bring to a boil over low heat.

Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Allow to cool.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove all seeds and any remaining fruit.

Store in a sealed glass container for up to 2 weeks in a refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 17.9gSaturated Fat: 11.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 36.4gProtein: 4.3g

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Monica | Nourish & Fete

Friday 5th of May 2017

Strawberry and a float!? I'm sold! This looks incredible!

A Forks Tale

Sunday 30th of April 2017

Oh My GOODNESS!!! This looks amazing! Getting a bit tipsy with some ice cream..... BRILLIANT!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 30th of April 2017

Thanks so much! We thought it was the perfect dessert!


Friday 28th of April 2017

Its friday and I know what I am making tonight...THIS!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 30th of April 2017

LOL! Yay, enjoy!

Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

Friday 28th of April 2017

This is the perfect tropical drink, and the ice cream is a wonderful touch. Give me a couple of these and I'd be a happy girl!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 30th of April 2017

Thanks so much! We loved this one, it's so tasty!


Wednesday 26th of April 2017

I love this!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 30th of April 2017

Thanks, cheers!

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