Berry Burst

Happy July! This is one of my favorite months as it is usually hot. I also love the celebration of Independence Day complete with the wafting aroma of charcoal smoke, grilled food, cold drinks, churning homemade ice cream, and laughter with friends and family in the back yard. This cocktail is perfect for such an occasion; it is bright and sweet and tastes like summer. The tall glass is important because it keeps the colors of the drink somewhat separated. It’s a beautiful red at the bottom then gets clearer and clearer towards the top. I made the mistake of stirring, so if you want that pretty color gradation, don’t stir. Cheers and happy 4th!

Check out other great ideas for the 4th at the bottom of this post.

adapted from: In Style magazine July 2013, originally from Mixologist Matthew Conway
serves: 1

Strawberry Purée (makes enough for 4 drinks)
1 pint strawberries, hulled, plus a couple of slices for garnish
juice of 1 small lemon
¼ cup sugar

2 ounces gin
juice of ½ lime
½ oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 tsp (or to taste) simple syrup
soda water
blueberries + mint for garnish

Make the strawberry purée: Blend strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, and 2 tablespoons water until smooth.

To assemble one cocktail, add gin, 1 ½ ounces strawberry purée, lime juice, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, and ice to the bottom of a highball glass. Gently top with soda water. Garnish with berries and mint.

Other great ideas for the 4th of July:

Watermelon Basil Mojito

Strawberry Basil Smash

Cherry Caipirinha

Mojito

Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

Cherry Pie

Drunken Blondies

Grilled Avocado & Corn Salad

Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad

Simple Bruschetta

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