Spring cocktail time! This one that I made with Savvy Housekeeping tastes like a delicate and refreshing grapefruit-elderflower soda with strawberries. (But don’t let that fool ya’ … there’s vodka in there!) Use juicy Ruby Red grapefruits, which are still hanging around, and fresh strawberries, which have just started their season. You can even leave out the vodka, for a lower-alcohol version.
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 ounce fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 ounce St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3 strawberries, cut up
Club soda (about 4 ounces)
Muddle the juice, liqueur, simple syrup, and strawberries in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker and then stir in the vodka. Pour into a glass and add ice, then top off with club soda.
The Bloodhound from 12 Bottle Bar
Gorgeous, sweet strawberries are EVERYWHERE! At least, that’s the case here in Northern California. If it’s not true where you live, sorry for this completely selfish roundup of awesome cocktails made with fresh strawberries. I didn’t mean to rub it in your face. (Maybe try frozen so you can play along at home?)
Bloodhound Cocktail ~ We like to think that fresh fruit in cocktails is a modern thing, but this recipe has been around since the 1920s. Gin, sweet and dry vermouth, with fresh strawberries? Timeless.
Strawberry Mint Julep ~ This has the added fun of making strawberry-infused bourbon for your julep. However, I’m sure that a Mint Julep made with regular bourbon with some fresh berries added would also be fantastic.
Balsamic Strawberry Smash ~ Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a great match, but I never would have thought they’d go so well with bourbon. Well, they do … and this cocktail is proof.
Strawberry Rosemary Sangria ~ If it’s party time, sangria is a good way to go. This one has some interesting pairings and is great for warm weather.
Strawberry Margaritas ~ No need to whip out the blender for this one. It’s the classic and simple Margarita with strawberries.
Strawberry Basil Mojito ~Strawberry and basil is one of my favorite flavor combinations, therefore this Mojito is my go-to drink when it’s sunny.
Strawberry season is finally here! Roadside stands with farm-fresh berries are popping up all around me. Since the weather is warm, I have Mojitos on my mind. This combination of basil and strawberries is my favorite Mojito variation.
Strawberry Basil Mojito
4 large basil leaves
3 strawberries, sliced
1 1/2 ounces light rum
1 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces club soda
Muddle the basil, strawberries, and simple syrup at the bottom of a Collins glass. Add rum and lime juice, then fill with ice and top off with club soda.
Photo by Jackson Stakeman
Even though Spring has sprung, it will still be a while before a lot of fruit is in season. So let’s enjoy one delicious fruit that’s ready now: strawberries!
This berry is a great companion for many spirits, but I particularly like the way its sweetness accents the lightly smoky notes in a tequila reposado. Reposado is aged, so it is the lighter amber-colored tequila. Be sure to use 100% agave tequila and not a “mixto,” which may be the same color but isn’t the same thing.
Here’s a recipe for the infused tequila and the punch. (You can scale up the punch recipe to serve more and make the tequila infusion with equal parts tequila and strawberries in whatever quantity you’ll need.)
Strawberry-Infused Tequila Reposado
1 part tequila reposado
1 part chopped strawberries
Steep for about five days.
Tequila Fresa Punch
1 1/2 ounces parts strawberry-infused tequila reposado
1/2 ounce triple sec
3/4 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
2 ounces grapefruit soda
1 dash orange bitters
Sliced strawberries for garnish
Shake all ingredients except the soda and strawberries in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into chilled old fashioned glass with several ice cubes. Add the soda on top of the strained liquid. Garnish with strawberries.
Photo by Jackson Stakeman