This post comes to us courtesy of Samantha Hobbs Chulick, blogger at Cashmere Fog.
Gardens are slowly waking up, so why not take advantage of your blooming beds and throw your crops in your cocktails? My pick this month: strawberries. Plump and fragrant, these juicy berries are finally in season.
Succulently shiny, they add both color and flavor to any drink. Whether they’re used as a garnish or as the main ingredient, strawberries reflect the vibrant sweetness of spring — and they also pack more vitamin C than any other berry. Something to keep in mind while selecting your berries: smaller varieties pack more punch in terms of flavor than larger ones. Cheers!
Delightfully tropical, this concoction will have you smiling late into the evening.
2 oz. white rum
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
In a shaker, muddle one strawberry. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an additional strawberry and enjoy! Serves 1.
Sparkling Strawberry Sunrise
This cocktail is delicious when paired with lively conversation among close friends.
1 slice lemon
1 sprig fresh mint
1 oz. agave syrup
2 oz. white tequila
Muddle the strawberries with the lemon slice, 1 mint sprig, and agave syrup in a glass. Add the tequila and ice. Stir. Top each glass with a splash of sparkling water. Serve and sip. Serves 1.
About the author: Samantha is a graduate student studying food & wine writing in the Midwest. Originally from California, her work has appeared in Santa Barbara Magazine, Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian, and Farm Journal. She has also been featured on her local NPR station as a wine expert. She believes that every girl should always have a bottle of bubbly in her fridge – in case of emergencies and impromptu celebrations.