Daiquiri Deck

Celebrate National Daiquiri Day in Sarasota County

June 16, 2021

National Daiquiri Day falls on July 19 every year, and in a sunny beach town like Sarasota: there's no cooler way to celebrate than by sipping on some variation of this versatile, rum-based tropical cocktail with your toes in the sand, or tapping along to live music on the deck of a Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar.

Soak up fun drink ideas based off your personality-type to craft your cocktail order at Daiquiri Deck, and read on to deep-relax into "summer sips" mode with our suggestions on where else you can grab a daiquiri in Sarasota on National Daiquiri Day — and all year-round!

Personality Flavors: Which Daiquiri Deck Frozen Cocktail Matches Your Style?


If you're near a Sarasota County beach, chances are you aren't far from a Daiquiri Deck. This popular, local deck-patio raw bar has five locations: Siesta Key Village and South Siesta, St. Armand's Circle at Lido Key, Island of Venice, and Anna Maria Island at neighboring Bradenton Beach.

With more than two dozen frozen flavors and blended cocktail combos to choose from on the Daiquiri Deck menu, the options could overwhelm. Consult this "Daiquiri Personality" guide to choose a booze to match your mood.

The Daredevil

Your friends probably describe you as the bold, adventurous type who thrives on thrills. Juice up with Terminal Velocity: that's a frozen blend of three Daiquiri Deck classics (Electric Lemonade, Deck Diesel, and Strawberry) topped with light rum. It has enough kick to take you to the moon — fast.

The Chill Viber

You're cool as a cucumber, chill as a popsicle, and never miss a chance to kick your feet up. The Decksickle frozen daiquiri combo is perfect for a mellow day on the Deck. A dark rum-based piña colada with a splash of vodka, grain alcohol and a twist of orange coolness — it's like an orange creamsicle that's almost as smooth as you are.

The Traditionalist

You order your coffee black — no foam, no flavors, no bells and whistles — don't you? You're not boring. You just understand that true classics withstand the test of time for a reason. Sip easy with the assurance Daiquiri Deck bartenders know their way around the oh-so recognizable Rum Runner — a frozen variation on the consistent crowd-pleaser invented by Florida Keys bartenders in the 1950s.

The Sweetheart

You have a habit of brightening every room you enter, thanks to your fun-loving and kind-hearted nature — and it's possible you have a soft spot for rom-coms. Daiquiri Deck's Southern Peach (peach blended with a vodka base and topped with Three Olives Peach Vodka) is an agreeable treat packing the just-right amount of charm to complement your sweet personality.

The Indecisive One

You can't go wrong with a Daiquiri Deck bartender favorite: Sweet Tart combines the classic margarita and the Deck's own tart Electric Lemonade with sweet, fruit-forward Purple Haze and Frosé blends — all topped off with citrus vodka. Then again, maybe you're in the mood for something rich, sweet and creamy, instead? The Bushwacker blends vodka, coffee, chocolate, cream, and coconut. Good luck making up your mind.

You Like Piña Coladas and Getting Caught in the Rain

Did you roll your eyes? Okay, we don't blame you... but now that we have your attention, we need to tell you about The Karen. It's a classic piña colada blended with Daiquiri Deck's Frosé — that's rosé wine and vodka blended with peach and strawberry — and we think you're going to like it.

The Designated Driver

If alcohol-based cocktails simply don't suit your fancy, or if you drew the responsible straw on a night out with friends: Daiquiri Deck's delicious virgin daiquiris and mocktails come with all the flavor and fun minus the booze. The Key Lime Cooler is a creamy Florida favorite featuring coconut, lime juice, and almond syrup with bubbles.

Off-the-Deck Daiquiri options: Where else to get your fix on National Daiquiri Day

Looking for even more frozen, fruity, and boozy concoctions? Here are a few of our other favorite spots and daiquiri selections to help you cool down, with a tropical twist, in Sarasota County.

Downtown Sarasota Waterfront

Marina Jacks Cane Rum daiquiris are available in a variety of fruity flavors. Kick it up a notch with the Siesta Key Mermaid, a piña colada blend featuring local-distilled Siesta Key Spiced Rum with Blue Curacao and a Kraken Dark Spiced Rum float.

Located mere steps from the water at downtown Sarasota's Bayfront Park and Marina / Island Park, OLeary's Tiki Bar and Grill offers an assortment of tropical drinks like the strawberry daiquiri, as well as "colada" (rum and cream of coconut based) drinks in a variety of flavors including melon, mango, banana, and the traditional pineapple.

Waterside sipping is fun, but does anything beat a sunset cruise with LeBarge Tropical Cruises? Enjoy frozen cocktail favorites like daiquiris and margaritas with a side of light bites, Jimmy Buffett tunes, and the chance for dolphin sightings on Sarasota Bay.

St. Armands Circle and Lido Key

Tommy Bahama offers a spiced twist on the traditional, basic rum-sugar-lime daiquiri essentials in its Daiquiri de Caña. This delectable cocktail uses Flor de Caña 7 Year rum, cane syrup, fresh lime, and nutmeg.

The Charred Pineapple and Ginger Daiquiri at Crab & Fin elevates the daiquiri's fun-fruity-and-boozy reputation to sophisticated craft cocktail status. Apricot liqueur and honey syrup play supporting flavor roles atop an eight-year Bacardi rum base.

Catch a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico at the poolside Lido Key Tiki Bar at Lido Beach Resort and enjoy a banana, strawberry, or mango frozen daiquiri while you sip. Satisfy an especially sweet tooth with the ice cream-y Orange Sherbet Colada: just as sweet and creamy as it sounds.

Siesta Key

Thirsty? Captain Curt's Crab & Oyster Bar offers daiquiris in 16-ounce and a whopping 24-ounce sizes. Feeling adventurous? For an additional $2, jazz up traditional daiquiri flavors like strawberry and banana with a unique "firepower" upgrade like Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum or Peanut Butter Whiskey.

A Siesta Key Village local favorite, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, aka "SKOB" is best known for its raw bar. Pros know oysters go down even more smoothly when they're paired with something cool 'n' fruity. SKOB uses Naked Turtle White Rum (a US Virgin Islands-based distillery that donates $1 for every bottle made to the Sea Turtle Conservancy) in its strawberry, banana, mango, and piña colada frozen daiquiris.

There are more than a dozen frozen, fruity cocktails on the menu at the tiki-style Turtle Beach Grill, including strawberry and mango daiquiris. For something a little different: try the Orchata Colada, a creamy colada twist on the traditional Mexican sweet rice drink, Horchata.

Venice and Nokomis

Crow's Nest Marina Restaurant has offered fresh, local cuisine served with stunning waterfront views since 1976. Enjoy a classic strawberry or mango daiquiri -- or branch out with the daiquiri-adjacent, time-honored Crow's Nest Rum Runner: Bacardi Silver and Myers Dark Rum, crème de banana, blackberry brandy, pineapple and orange juices, and grenadine.

The Fins Passion Rum Punch at Fins at Sharky's on Venice Beach takes the basic daiquiri elements of rum, lime, and sugar to a new level with: Margaritaville Silver Rum, Giffard Passionfruit, orange, lime juice, and grenadine.
 

In Venice-adjacent Nokomis, a decades-old local favorite, Pop's Sunset Grill, introduced a new waterfront tiki bar in 2019 — and of course, no tiki bar is complete without daiquiri, margarita, and mojito options. Take your pick and enjoy this "Old Florida" style tiki located on the Intracoastal Waterway.

DIY Daiquiri Essentials: It's All About the Rum

It's a common misconception that a daiquiri has to be frozen. At its most basic, a daiquiri must  only include three ingredients: rum, lime juice, and simple syrup (sugar) — and the rest is largely up to you!

Perhaps your "Sarasota Daiquiri Tour" inspired you to experiment with tastes of the tropics at home. For your rum base, may we suggest:

Siesta Key Rum is an international award-winning craft distillery that specializes in Spiced Rum, Beer Barrel Spiced Rum. One of its flagships (and a superb daiquiri base) is Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum, which is made using real toasted coconut and zero artificial flavors or sweeteners — a rarity in the rum-making industry.

Visit the Siesta Key Rum recipes page for more recipe ideas.

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