Happy Labor Day to all of my friends here in the US! And to everyone else, what better way to end a Monday than with a refreshing cocktail? I wanted to pop in real quick and share with you guys this gin cocktail I’ve been sipping on all summer.
I’ve always leaned more towards drinking beer and wine, as I don’t love (giant understatement) whiskey or bourbon, but over the last few months, I’ve discovered gin in a big way. Summer’s here are long and incredibly humid, and I have loved the refreshing taste of a simple gin cocktail on a hot day. Since getting this cocktail book, focused on creating cocktails with only 1 bottle, creating drinks at home has become accessible and simple. While I tend to not love overly sweet drinks, I did want this cocktail to center around juicy, seasonal strawberries. Using this recipe, I made a strawberry shrub so the strawberry flavor along with the bright red color is there, but not overly sweet and well balanced with the addition of vinegar. To make, I add the strawberry shrub, along with the gin, simple syrup, lime juice, and just a few slices of muddled serrano peppers to a cocktail shaker and enjoy over ice. And repeat.
My goal was to create a gin cocktail that’s easily drinkable (read: dangerous), seasonal, and refreshing. If you don’t love a spicy cocktail or you’re craving something a bit more herbal, sub out the hot peppers for fresh basil leaves. The flavor will be just as refreshing and the basil will add a bit more dimension. I’m now envisioning you all enjoying this strawberry lime gin cocktail on a patio somewhere, with the perfect summer tomato and mayo sandwich.
Juicy, summer strawberries, lime, and gin with just a hint of spice make these the perfect summer cocktail. Enjoy 1 (or more) on your front patio on a hot day for the ultimate refreshment.
- 2-3 thin slices serrano pepper, or other spicy green pepper
- 2 oz. gin
- 1 oz. strawberry shrub
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup
- thinly sliced serrano peppers
- lime wedges
Add ice to a cocktail glass and set aside.
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the serrano pepper slices until broken up. Add the remaining cocktail ingredients, along with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake well.
Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass. Garnish with additional pepper slices and a lime wedge. Enjoy.
This recipe can easily be doubled or more. The strawberry shrub will keep for about 1 week, so drink up!