By Jack Smith
The daiquiri’s origin goes back to an actual cocktail recipe card signed by a “Jennings Cox” in 1896. This original recipe underwent an important transformation in the 1920s and 1930s when, with shaved ice and an electric blender, Constantino “Constante” Ribalaigua Vert, bartender and owner of a little bar called Floridita in Havana, Cuba, perfected the drink. The frozen daiquiri was born. Ernest Hemingway happened into the bar soon after and sampled the frozen creation, then requested it without sugar and with double the rum due to his diabetes. The cocktail became conducive to epic drinking sessions and Hemingway became a regular. In one account, Hemingway put away 15 frozen daiquiris in one sitting. The “Hemingway Special” has a permanent spot on the menu.
Frozen Mason Jar Daiquiris: While researching this month’s “Best Frozen Drink” section, I came across an article from The Yummy Life that showed a recipe, an easy one, for flavored frozen daiquiris. Each daiquiri contains frozen fruit (I guess you can say that’s the healthy part), and they taste great. The best part is that you can mix several ahead of time and pour them into 16 oz. mason jars (now available at Michael’s in Pier Park) and freeze them until needed. Here’s a helpful hint: leave some room at the top of the jar as they expand while they freeze! The alcohol keeps them from freezing completely, so just remove them from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving.
San Marcos Mexican Grill Pier Park
101 Bluefish Drive, Suite 105, PCB | (850) 708-3097
San Marcos Mexican Grill is a family-owned and -operated, Mexican restaurant. The family is committed to serving authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex fare including handmade corn tortillas and homemade, tableside-prepared guacamole! Pair the delicious dishes with a range of margaritas, or a draft or bottled beer. You can even have your furry friends join you on the pet-friendly patio! Any day is a good day to chill at the grill.
15005 Front Beach Road, PCB
Señor Frogs is a synomym for fun. It is considered the best restaurant and bar because the staff make it their duty to make sure you’re having a great time every minute. Enjoy the music, the colors, the amazing atmosphere it offers and order your favorite dish, because the menu is huge. Try our assortment of frozen drinks, they are delicious and a guaranteed brain freeze.
The Grand Marlin
5323 N Lagoon Drive, PCB | (850) 249-1500
Who says you can’t have dessert first? The Grand Marlin’s signature Bushwacker is a creamy, frozen concoction featuring white rum, coffee liqueur, crème de cocoa, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and a 151-rum float. It’s a taste of heaven in a tall glass.
473 Richard Jackson Blvd., PCB | (850) 238-8340
Bacardi silver, house made simple syrup and a muddle of fresh blackberry, lime and mint, make this refreshing American Charlie favorite burst with flavor. Come by and see Nick, Candace, Dallas, Patrick and Kristin…they’d love to make one of these for you…or check out one of our other specialty signature cocktails!
14854 Bay View Circle, PCB | (850) 230-0005
Boon Docks now features a fully stocked bar with specialty drinks, wine and cocktails. Located under the mighty oaks on the Intracoastal Waterway just 5 minutes from the beaches in West Bay, Boon Docks offers you a delicious array of local and regional seafood using a blend of spices that gives it a taste like no other! Thank you to all of our wonderful customers for 22 years. We look forward to many more!
5121 Gulf Drive, PCB | (850) 235-3555
The Last Local Beach Club is perched right on the beach and it can get HOT! Quench your thirst with a frozen Pina Colada, Margarita, Bushwacker, Rum Runner or Daiquiri. For something more exotic try a frozen Key Lime Pie or Banana Baileys Colada… take the souvenir mug to go! Great food and refreshing cold drinks… Schooners serves it all with an amazing view of the Gulf!
Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant
5551 N Lagoon Drive, PCB | (850) 234-2225
Capt. Anderson’s has an extensive and award winning wine cellar, but if you’re looking to “cool down”, try a frozen Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada or Margarita with your Oven Broiled Stuffed Filet of Grouper! For something tropical and luscious, try a frozen Kahlua Colada… in a FREE souvenir glass you can take home with you!
Island Fin Poké Company
15500 PCB Pkwy., Suite 320, PCB | (850) 919-5656
“When I went to verify the brand for myself, I was shocked to find that its service is truly a part of the brand’s culture,” said the new PCB Island Fin Poke Compay’s owner Kurt Fadden. “I’m so excited to bring something like this to Bay County. It’s nice for people to have a place to go where they can count on a friendly atmosphere, affordable food and a nice environment.”
Pineapple Willy’s Restaurant
9875 S Thomas Drive, PCB | (850) 235-0928
Pineapple Willy’s has been serving up the best frozen daiquiris in Panama City Beach since the 80s. Made with their proprietary “Chilly Willy’s Daiquiri Co.” mix, these daiquiris are packed with flavor and available in three different sizes. Drink one on their historic pier while you dine, or grab one to-go!