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
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
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: