Contains: Alcohol, added sugars.. Is: A rather potent beverage.
I am using this recipe from The Kitchn. It really sounded good. For my purposes, I made half a recipe, and I made what I could a day in advance.
Shared in person with my Culinary Boot Camp folk. We got together this past Sunday. Theme was to have a cocktail to match a food – I will need to make my food dish again prior to posting it, as I was running hectic Sunday morning, but it was a vegetarian semi-curry with Persian influences, using gin-friendly spices. Oh, it had a tzatziki topping with cucumber, mint, cardamom, and nutmeg.
(The below is served in a very tiny ounce-sized aperitif glass.)
Prep Time: 10 minutes.
Cook Time: None. Serve raw.
Rest Time: Not essential, but soaking overnight is recommended.
Leftovers: Of course.
Strawberry Gin Smash
INGREDIENTS (for a pitcher):
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Juice of 1 lime, about 1/8th cup
- 1/2 pound fresh strawberries, de-stemmed
- 1 cup gin (You can always use rum instead, as gin can be a bit harsh)
- 1.5 cups seltzer water (or club soda)
- Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint.
Muddle sugar and lime juice in a pitcher that is able to hold 32 ounces (4 cups) or more of volume. Set aside at least 4 strawberries for garnish.
Slice up the rest of the berries into thin sections, and muddle in with the sugar/lime. (PS: couldn’t find my muddler, so I used my immersion blender to chop coarsely the strawberries in with the lime, sugar and gin, together….)
Add the gin and seltzer, stirring gently. Pack pitcher full of ice. Add mint as garnish.
Pour into ice-containing glasses, and serve with a strawberry and a final sprig of mint for garnish. The beverage will settle so stir gently just prior to serving.
Make-ahead: Do everything except adding seltzer water, ice or garnishes. Refrigerate overnight. Add everything else when serving. This will also allow the strawberries to impart more flavors to the drinks.
INGREDIENTS (to make single drinks):
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 wedge of lime
- 3 fresh strawberries, 2 with stems removed, and the final as garnish
- 3 ounces gin
- Seltzer water or club soda, to desired potency.
- A sprig of fresh mint, for additional garnish.
For single drinks, use a tall glass. Combine sugar and a squeeze of lime juice. Muddle to dissolve the sugar. Add sliced strawberries (two) and muddle some more.
Fill glass with ice, and pour in gin. Top with a little seltzer, and garnish with the strawberry and the mint.
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