Strawberry Daiquiri Ice Cream

Serving a dish of strawberry ice cream.

Trying to decide between homemade strawberry ice cream and a frosty frozen strawberry daiquiri? Why choose — when my strawberry rum daiquiri ice cream recipe gives you the best of both worlds. Made with fresh strawberries, dark rum and a bit of lime juice in a delectable ice cream base, this creamy, luscious, boozy ice cream is brain-freeze good! Use your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt maker  to churn a batch of this strawberry rum ice cream at home.

prepping the strawberries for roasting to make the puree.

There’s something about homemade strawberry ice cream that takes me back to when I was a kid. I think it’s the pale pink hue, fruity flavor and creamy, frozen melts-on-your-tongue glory that first hooked me. This strawberry rum ice cream is a grown-up daiquiri version of that childhood favorite. 

Ingredients for strawberry daiquiri ice cream

  • Whole Milk
  • Cornstarch
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sea Salt
  • Heavy Cream
  • Light Corn Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Dark Rum
  • Fresh Roasted Strawberry Purée

This easy recipe should be started the day before you actually churn the ice cream in order to give the ingredients time to thoroughly chill. Since many ice cream makers also require the canisters to freeze for 24 hours before using, it pays to plan for this strawberry rum ice cream.

Pureeing strawberries for the daiquiri ice cream.

Strawberry purée is what flavors the ice cream and also creates a bright red ribbon of fresh fruit. It’s simple to make with only 3 ingredients: strawberries, sugar and lime juice. (If it’s not strawberry season when you’re making this, you can use frozen berries).

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Making the roasted strawberry purée

  1. Slice the strawberries into half inch pieces and transfer to a small glass or ceramic baking dish.
  2. Add the sugar and lime juice and toss to combine.
  3. Roast the berries for 8-10 minutes or until they release their juices.
  4. Transfer the berries to a mini food processor and pulse until smooth.

You’ll only use  about 1 cup of the strawberry purée for this daiquiri ice cream recipe. Half a cup is added to the ice cream base and the other half gets layered and swirled into the churned ice cream. The remainder can be used as a sauce over your breakfast yogurt or even in frozen cocktails.

making cornstarch slurry.

I used Jeni Britton Bauer’s (of Jeni’s Splendid fame) method for making the base of this homemade strawberry daiquiri ice cream. Her technique is a bit unorthodox, however, her ice cream recipes are spot on — yielding creamy, delicious, foolproof desserts — every time.    I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of grainy, icy, sad attempts at homemade — which only served to boost sales for those pricey $6 pints of premium.  No more.  I use her techniques, and tweak them to come up with my own fantasy flavor combos that yield a full quart of fabulous frozen confection

cooking the ice cream custard.

Making the ice cream base

  1. Measure out the milk and then combine 2 tablespoons of it with the cornstarch. Whisk to form a slurry and set aside.
  2. Combine the cream cheese and sea salt in a large bowl and use a hand mixer to blend together. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan combine the remainder of the milk with sugar, light corn syrup and heavy cream.
  4. Bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  5. Remove from heat and whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Return to the heat and boil, whisking constantly for one minute or until the mixture thickens.
  6. Transfer 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture to the cream cheese and beat it in until smooth. Add the remainder of the cream mixture and beat until well combined with the hand mixer.

This is the ice cream base. To give it the strawberry rum daiquiri flavor, stir in half a cup of the strawberry purée and 1/4 cup of dark rum and chill for several hours or overnight. 

adding rum and strawberry puree to the homemade ice cream base.


You can use whatever type of ice cream churn you like for this recipe. I use a Cuisinart canister style ice cream maker. They’re relatively inexpensive and do a good job making a creamy, frozen confection. Kitchen Aid also makes an ice cream attachment for its stand mixer, which also turns out great ice cream, but even if you have an old-school, hand crank churn, it’s gonna be good. 

How long does it take to churn and freeze the ice cream?

Each manufacturer is different, but you can usually tell when it’s finished churning by when the mixture doesn’t continue to thicken and freeze and starts to pull away from the sides of the canister. It usually takes 20- 25 minutes.

churning the strawberry rum ice cream.

You’ll want to work quickly to pack the ice cream before it starts to melt. If you don’t have an ice cream container like this, you can also use a plastic tub, or a loaf pan.

Packing strawberry daiquiri ice cream

  1. Scoop a spoonful of the churned ice cream into the packing container and drizzle with a few tablespoons of reserved chilled strawberry purée.
  2. Continue to layer the ice cream, alternating between the ice cream and strawberry sauce.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and freeze for at least 4 hours to completely chill.
Packing and freezing the strawberry rum ice cream in a container.

Why you’ll love this

If you’re a strawberry fan, this boozy homemade strawberry ice cream is for you. It’s ultra creamy, smooth melting with an almost chewy texture. The swirls of fresh strawberry sauce add a pleasant tart contrast to the sweet fruit and rum ice cream. A bonus of adding alcohol to this dessert, is that 40 proof rum freezes at 22°F or -7°C which is much lower than the typical home freezer. Therefore, the ice cream doesn’t freeze to a solid block and is easy to scoop, even right from the icebox.  

scooping out the strawberry daiquiri ice cream with swirls of strawberry ribbon.

What does rum-infused strawberry ice cream taste like?

My taste-testers LOVED this flavor combo. The ice cream is meltingly sweet with an almost aromatic perfume of strawberry. You can taste the dark rum, too. It’s not harsh or overpowering, but it’s definitely there.  One of my tasters actually detected the small bit of cream cheese in the ice cream base. Not enough to make it taste like a cheesecake ice cream, but he noticed that tangy quality and enjoyed it. I think you’ll love it too!

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5 from 12 votes

Strawberry Daiquiri Ice Cream

I used Jeni Britton Bauer’s method to create a creamy, rich strawberry daiquiri ice cream with a fruity flavor and a distinctive pop of dark rum. The best way to cool off on a hot summer day!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword ice cream, rum, strawberry
Dietary Restrictions Egg Free, Gluten-Free
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8



  • 1 pint strawberries hulled and cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • teaspoon fine sea salt
  • cups heavy cream
  • cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ cup strawberry puree recipe given above
  • ¼ cup dark rum


  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Transfer the prepared strawberries to an 8×8″ glass or ceramic baking dish. Add the sugar and toss to coat. Spread the berries into a single layer and roast for 8-10 minutes or until the berries are softened and have released their juices.
  • Trasfer the berries to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Note, you’ll only need about 1/2 cup of this purée for the ice cream. The rest can be used for a sauce to spoon on ice cream or pound cake (or both) and swirled into the ice cream like a ribbon.) Set aside.


  • Add the cornstarch to a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Whisk together to make a slurry. Set aside.
  • Add the cream cheese to a large bowl and use a hand beater to beat the cream cheese and salt together until smooth. Set aside.
  • Add the rest of the milk, heavy cream, sugar and corn syrup to a 3 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Boil for 4 minutes, then remove from the heat. Whisk in the cornstarach slurry and return the cream mixture back to the stovetop. Heat to a boil, whisking constantly and cook for 1 minute or until the mixture thickens.
  • Add about half a cup of the cream mixture to the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add the rest of the hot cream mixture to the bowl and beat thoroughly to combine, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure everything is well mixed.
  • Stir in the strawberry purée and rum. Cover and chill until very cold, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Add the strawberry Daiquiri ice cream mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


  • Scoop a cup of the ice cream at a time into a storage receptacle and drizzle over some of the thickened strawberry coulis. Follow with another cup of the ice cream and a little more coulis. Continue packing the ice cream in this manner, then transfer to the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 699IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m a huge ice cream fan and the roasted strawberry swirl sounds divine. So creamy and delicious, I can’t wait to make this.

  2. Maria San Juan says:

    5 stars
    This just answered my week-long question “Should I get an ice cream maker for my birthday?” LOL The answer is yes! Who knew that there’s an even better way to enjoy a serving of Daiquiri? Thank you so much, making this for my birthday this weekend.

    1. Hope you have a very happy (delicious) birthday!

  3. 5 stars
    Looks so delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  4. Jessica Formicola says:

    5 stars
    I made this ice cream over the weekend and it was incredible! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    The perfect ice-cream for a hot summers day. Stunning photos to go with the recipe., really lovely. I could lick the screen

  6. This strawberry ? ice-cream is looking awesome and mouthwatering thanks

  7. 5 stars
    Wow! I would never have thought of this. It sounds fantastic!

  8. 5 stars
    Love the story! I didn’t know the story behind ice cream month and ice cream day! Although I never need an excuse to enjoy some good ice cream such as this one!

    1. It’s 104° outside… we need ice cream now!

    1. Everyone likes ice cream — and daiquiris!

  9. Oh. My. Yum!! This sounds perfect for dealing with the heat wave that is going on right now!

    1. Tell me about it — it feels like 105? here most days!

  10. You make it look so easy. Great post. Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Making ice cream is easy – and quite good!

  11. I’m with you on the cream and eggs… If I’m going to bother at all, I want that richness.

    1. Ice cream makers are between $35-$75. Get one now!