Several years ago, I found a recipe strawberry daiquiris, in one of Joanna Lund’s Healthy Exchanges books (I’ll include my modifications after the basic recipe).
Joanna Lund’s Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
2 cups frozen strawberries no sugar added (do not thaw)
2 cups Diet Mountain Dew
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 package JELL-O sugar-free strawberry gelatin 4 serving
PreparationIn a blender container, combine strawberries, Diet Mountain Dew, lemon juice, lime juice, and dry gelatin. Process on HIGH 15 seconds. Continue processing on HIGH until mixture is smooth. Pour into 4 glasses
As written, the recipe is good, but I found that the diet jello isn’t necessary (but if you do use it, unless you’re a gambler by nature, only use Jello-brand. Some store-brands work fine, others are horrible).
Instead of Mountain Dew, I often use Diet Sprite or Crystal Light (actually Walmart’s version – pink lemonade and cherry lime are my favorite), or flavored sparkling water (Walmart, Target, and Aldi all carry their own brands and flavors – I’ve used pomegranate, raspberry, lime, wild cherry).
I’ve also used other frozen fruits. Pineapple, blackberries, raspberries (just remember the fruit has to be at least partially frozen).
I also love making strawberry or other berry sorbet. Just by cutting back the liquids (start with a small splash, you can always add more until it’s the consistency you want).
Process until it’s the texture you want (I like it very smooth). Pour into a bowl or glass – and then sweeten to taste (if the berries or your processing liquid are very sweet, you may not need any sweetener).
I prefer to sweeten in the glass, because everyone can sweeten to their taste.
If you don’t have a blender, the food processor works fine. For sorbet, I think the food processor works best. To make beverages, it can be a bit messy – so before I had a blender, I would make sorbet, spoon it into the glass, and then add more liquid and stir in the glass (or if you don’t stir, it make a pretty “float”).
There really are endless variations, so experiment with ingredients and proportions.