A Fruity Twist On Gin: The Strawberry Gin Cocktail
Summer is the perfect time to try out some refreshing and fruity gin cocktails. One such drink that stands out is the strawberry gin cocktail. With the addition of fresh mint leaves, this delightful drink is a perfect blend of gin and fresh strawberries, creating a fruity gin cocktail that is hard to resist.
Is it easy to make a perfect strawberry gin cocktail?
It is! The recipe for this refreshing drink consists of easily obtainable ingredients. And instructions are straightforward. Other than your cocktail cabinet with a good dry gin and triple sec, you only need some fresh strawberries, fresh mint leaves and juicy limes.
What is the difference between dry gin and regular gin?
The Flaviar Times’ page here explains gin as an alcoholic beverage obtained by distillation from a base of grain (wheat or barley). In a further procedure, botanicals along with water are added until the desired flavours are met. Regular gins are often sweetened by sugar or syrup after distillation. The main difference of dry gin is that they’re not sweetened, so they taste less syrupy and more herbal. So they have a dry flavour profile. There are also legal requirements for a gin to be classified as “dry”.
The reason I used dry gin on this recipe is probably more obvious now, I wanted to taste the fruity flavour coming from the fresh ingredients themselves, not from the gin.
Make your own simple syrup
One of the ingredients of this delicious strawberry gin cocktail is a simple syrup which you can make at home easily. Check out my recipe here and adjust your measurements as required. You can always buy your syrup, too like this simple syrup on Amazon. But there is one thing to keep in mind is if you prepare your syrup right before starting your cocktail. You should cool it at least to room temperature, if not to fridge temperature.
Prepare your ingredients first
I like to prepare all my ingredients to put into the shaker before I start mixing them. This way, I don’t forget anything and have to rush some parts or have to leave some ingredients exposed to processes longer than ideal. For example, if I don’t have my mint leaves washed and pat dry before adding them into the shaker, I might need to rush and not dry them properly so they will go into the cocktail with additional water. I know that I sound quite picky but if Im not so detail oriented, I will be compromising my recipes.
Another preparation you would like to make is washing your strawberries well, removing the stems and cutting them into quarters.
Strawberry Gin Cocktail
- 1 Shaker
- 1 Jigger
- 1 Muddler
- 1 Fine mesh strainer
- 1 Gin glass
- 1 Spoon to help straining the cocktail
- 4 Strawberries cut into quarters
- 4-5 Mint leaves
- 2 oz Dry gin
- 1 oz Lime juice freshly squezed
- 1/2 oz Simple syrup cooled
- Lots of ice
- Soda water to top up
- 1 Strawberry to garnish
- Put the strawberries and mint leaves in your shaker.4 Strawberries, 4-5 Mint leaves
- Pour the simple syrup over the strawberries and mint leaves.1/2 oz Simple syrup
- Muddle them all together and don't be too gentle. The flavours of the fresh strawberries and mint leaves should be released to the cocktail.
- Add the gin and lime juice.2 oz Dry gin, 1 oz Lime juice
- Finally, add lots of ice into your shaker and shake vigourously until the outside of the shaker is ice cold.Lots of ice
- Fill your gin glass with ice strain your cocktail into the glass by using a fine mesh strainer and with some help of a spoon. Fine mesh will help you to have a clearer drink.
- Top op your cocktail with soda water.Soda water
- Garnish your glass with a mid sized strawberry. Enjoy!1 Strawberry
Summer is closing so I wanted to share some really refreshing drinks with you starting with this delicious strawberry gin cocktail. Strawberry is my favourite fruit, and gin is my favourite spirit. I’m a Mediterranean woman so I love anything with citrus, and I always prefer mint flavoured kind of anything. I guess these are enough for anyone to understand that this drink is one of my favourites.
What is your favourite drink for summer? Have you ever tried this recipe? Did you like it? Or will you consider trying this ever? And with this recipe, I also started my Youtube channel. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook!