Daiquiri Ice is a Baskin-Robbins copycat recipe for their rum and lime flavored non-alcoholic frozen sorbet. It has all the flavor of a daiquiri cocktail but it is suitable for kids because it uses rum extract, not actual alcohol.
Baskin Robbins used to have Daiquiri Ice as part of their 31 flavors. Daiquiri Ice used to be available year-round at all of their locations.
Then one day, it became hard to find. I hear it is available now, seasonally, and at select locations. We have tried the version they serve now, and it just isn’t the same.
Carrie P, over at Garlic is Love, created this recipe for Daiquiri Ice and I think she nailed it and made zero changes.
How long does it take to churn and freeze the ice cream?
Churning varies between different makes and models. However, when the mixture no longer thickens and freezes and begins to pull away from the sides of the canister, it’s time to stop churning. It generally takes around 20-25 minutes.
Before the ice cream starts to melt, you’ll want to get it into the tub as soon as possible. If you don’t have an ice cream container, a plastic tub or even a loaf pan will work.
- White sugar
- Juice from 1 large lime
- Rum extract
- Citric acid powder food grade
- Green food coloring
If you want an adult version you could try adding some real rum to this recipe, but you might find it is more of a slush.
Green food coloring is optional. It only serves to turn the frozen product into the reminiscent color. We tend to eat with our eyes first so I use it.
How to make Daiquiri Ice
- Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and bring it to the boil.
- Boil until the sugar is dissolved then remove from the heat and put in the refrigerator until chilled.
- Follow the instructions from your ice cream machine’s manufacturer to freeze the mixture then serve.
This can be made with a sugar substitute, follow manufacturer directions for timing on the addition of your chosen sweetener. This will alter the consistency.
For a stronger rum flavor, add rum extract after the mixture has cooled.
See our post on slushsicles or Adult Green Eyed Monsters for why alcohol affects frozen foods.
What is citric acid?
Citric acid powder is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, it is what gives any candy or soda the citrus flavor.
Citric acid powder is sometimes located with the canning supplies. It is available at many home brewing stores.
You might even find it labeled as “sour salt” in the spice section of some stores.
I have even located this product with picnic supplies. Your guess is as good as mine why it might be located there. It was near the Fruit Fresh.
I have never replaced the citric acid with Fruit Fresh, so I have no idea if this would work as a substitute.
Fruit Fresh also contains ascorbic acid, which is just Vitamin C so it might be fine.
If anyone gets a chance to make it with a product containing ascorbic acid, leave us a comment to let us know the outcome.
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- Ice Cream Maker
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup white sugar
- Juice from 1 large lime
- 1 teaspoon rum extract
- ½ teaspoon citric acid powder food grade
- 1 drop green food coloring
- Add all of the ingredients into a saucepan. Heat to boiling and boil until all sugar is dissolved. Place in refrigerator until chilled.
- Follow ice cream machine manufacturer’s directions to freeze.