After picking eight heaping quarts of beautiful strawberries, I had to try a couple of new strawberry cocktails. I must say that it is difficult to make a strawberry cocktail that I would prefer to my favorite Strawberry-Basil Martini and (close second) The Union Square Strawberry Cocktail. Thankfully, we had plenty of strawberries and beautiful evenings to be able to enjoy all of them! 🙂
Both of these cocktails are incredibly simple and quick to prepare. The first is a Strawberry Gin & Tonic- perfect because one of my favorite summer cocktails is a classic gin and tonic. The recipe is from hometoheather.com. The second is a Spicy Strawberry Margarita. My husband made it as a celebratory cocktail on my birthday. ❤ He garnished the rim of the glass with a mixture of coarse salt and chile powder. The recipe was adapted from vinepair.com, contributed by Natalie Migliarini. Tasty and refreshing.
Strawberry Gin & Tonic
Yield: 1 cocktail
1 shot gin
1 wedge lime
tonic water, to fill
1 mashed strawberry
lime wedge or slice, or strawberry, for garnish
Use a highball glass and fill about ¼ full with ice.
Pour the gin over the ice.
Add your mashed berry, squeeze the lime wedge and fill with tonic water.
Garnish with lime or strawberry and serve.
Spicy Strawberry Margarita:
Yield: 1 cocktail
1.5 ounces tequila
1 ounce of lime juice
1/2 serrano or jalapeño chile, seeded (if desired), chopped or sliced into rings
3 strawberries, chopped
1/2 ounce agave nectar
salt and/or Tajín or chile powder, for the rim
1 cup ice
Rim a rocks glass with salt and/or Tajín or chile powder.
Chop peppers and strawberries and add all ingredients into shaker, shaking to chill and combine.
Pour chilled mixture, including the ice, into rocks glass.
This was the first thing we made with our freshly picked Long Island strawberries. In fact, I enjoyed it the day that we picked them. 🙂 It was jammy and absolutely fabulous.
The recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by José Zepeda. The sweetness can be easily adjusted by decreasing the amount of agave or simple syrup. It was a warm evening, so we served it over ice. Perfect.
Yield: 1 drink
3 strawberries, plus thin slices for garnish
3 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
1/2 ounce simple syrup or agave nectar
1 ounce gin
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries with the basil leaves and simple syrup or agave nectar.
Add ice and the remaining ingredients and shake well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with strawberry slices and basil, as desired.
I have so many delicious recipes just waiting to be shared. Before strawberry season is over, I must share new recipes that I tried with my fresh-picked berries this season.
This cocktail was the very first thing we prepared with our fresh strawberries. My husband made it for me on my birthday! ❤ The recipe was adapted from cocktails that New Amsterdam Gin named to honor modern-day landmarks in New York City, via The Spruce Eats.com. I plan to also try it using vodka instead of gin. Happy birthday to me! 😉
Yield: 1 cocktail
2 ounces gin (or vodka)
sprig of fresh basil
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (I used juice from 1/2 of a lime)
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce agave nectar
1/2 strawberry, for garnish, if desired
Muddle strawberries with the basil until fully mashed in a cocktail shaker.
Add all other ingredients.
Add ice and shake vigorously.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (We chilled the glass by filling it with ice while the cocktail was being prepared.)