Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic

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Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic // www.acozykitchen.com

I was going start this paragraph by saying, “Cocktail season is here!” But then I stopped myself because we all know that it’s always cocktail season on this blog. Duh. This cocktail in particular is seasonal, I suppose, though I see nothing wrong with using frozen strawberries, making this drank doable year-round.

Sure this looks like a pretty simple strawberry basil situation mixed with some gin, but I can assure you it’s a bit more special. I can’t get near strawberries without thinking of adding a dash of black pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It’s just too easy! So this cocktail has a bit of weird stuff added to it, but do you expect any less from me? No, you don’t.

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic // www.acozykitchen.com

In other news, thanks for all your concern with Amelia. I’m happy to report that she’s back to barking a lot, stealing shoes, drinking my afternoon tea when I’m not looking and so on. So she’s better.

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic // www.acozykitchen.com

Tuesday was a scary night that involved only a few hours of sleep and me trying to recall every single bit of food she ate. Of course, she’s known to eat all sorts of things off the ground. Just a few weeks ago I turned around at the park and she had her snout in old Chinese take out. Why someone left that much chicken lo-mein is beyond me, but Amelia was super grateful about it.

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic // www.acozykitchen.com

Back to this cocktail thingy…

This whole thing starts with macerating the strawberries in a bit of white sugar, salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar; and then letting them chill for 15 minutes or so. This gets the strawberries going! The entire mixture is blended and then strained. (The straining is totally optional, I just don’t like all those seeds).

I had no muddler. But that’s ok because it’s easy to improvise. The back of a wooden spoon did the trick just fine. A lot of herbs’ flavor comes from the stems so be sure to mash the stems thoroughly. And since I love the little basil flowers, I added those as garnish on the top. It’s effervescent, refreshing and slightly sweet.

Here’s to a cute weekend.

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic // www.acozykitchen.com

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic

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1 pint fresh strawberries (no reason frozen can’t be substituted), hulled and sliced
Scant 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Handful of fresh basil
4-6 ounces of your favorite gin (my used St. George’s Gin)

1. In a medium bowl, add the strawberries, along with the sugar, pinch of salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Allow the strawberries to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. To a blender, add the strawberries and all their juices. Pulse until the mixture resembles a puree. Give it a taste and adjust the sugar accordingly. Run the mixture through a sieve, discarding the seeds and pulp. You should end up with a scant 1/2 cup.

2. To assemble the cocktail, divide the basil leaves between glasses. Muddle the basil leaves, being sure to press the stems, with a muddler (or you can use the back of a wooden spoon). Fill all the glasses with ice cubes. Pour in 1 to 2 ounces of gin, 2 to 3 tablespoons of strawberry mixture and top with tonic. Give the mixture a good stir and garnish with basil flowers and a few turns of freshly ground pepper.

Makes 4 cocktails

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Madde April 11, 2014 at 1:52 am

Looks really amazingly good :-)

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Holly April 11, 2014 at 5:07 am

Oh yum! I’m with you regarding strawberries and balsamic. Gimme all the vinegar.

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Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker April 11, 2014 at 5:07 am

Mmmm.. strawberry cocktails are one of my faves and this looks delicious. Can’t wait till the summer berries come around so that I can make this

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Janis April 11, 2014 at 5:28 am

This sounds soo good. Quite like one of may favourites, a Basil Grande. Yum!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan April 11, 2014 at 5:53 am

This just screams ‘happy weekend!’ to me! Also, glad Amelia is better, she’s going to go back to bark arguing with you now.

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Kasha @ The FarmGirl Cooks April 11, 2014 at 9:26 am

I can’t wait to share this recipe with my CSA customers this summer. Oh, man!

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sandra April 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

I am not much of a drinker but this looks so good I may just try it out.

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Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker April 11, 2014 at 10:04 am

I’m totally on the same page as you; cocktail season is on! Love how creative you got with this one. :)
P.S. We’ve had a big scare with our dog eating pistachio shells and getting so sick, so I know how it feels! So glad Amelia is doing better!

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Megan | Hint of Vanilla April 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

I’m so jealous of your fresh California strawberries! I mean, we also get your California strawberries up here in Vancouver, but it’s not the same. I have to wait until June or July before we start seeing local strawberries anywhere!

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Nicole April 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

This drink is so cute! Gin always has the prettiest bottles. Can’t wait to try this.

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Eileen April 11, 2014 at 11:05 am

Yay, fresh spring strawberries! I just had my first gin & tonic of the season a few days ago. Love the idea of adding strawberries & basil!

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Taylor @ greens & chocolate April 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

I love the combo of strawberry and basil, and you took it to a whole new level with the balsamic vinegar! Sounds like a delicious spring and summer (and fall and winter) cocktail :)

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Erika April 11, 2014 at 11:36 am

Cocktail season indeed! Love strawberry gin drinks so I know I would love this with the addition of basil.

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Heather @ Sarap Life April 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

Yum. It is always happy hour somewhere! I love fruit in my drinks. Not a huge fan of gin (tastes too much like pine trees for me), but I might have to get on board with this.

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe April 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

This sounds like the perfect cocktail to kick off the weekend. I’m glad to hear that Amelia is ok!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

So pretty, I love strawberry basil anything!

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Chrissy April 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

I LOVE this especially the balsamic addition.

Cheers!

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dishing up the dirt April 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

This is cocktail perfection! Can’t wait for happy hour on the back porch tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Laerke April 17, 2014 at 12:46 am

AMAZING drink! Will me making this tonight for sure. Gin, strawberries, basil – my favorite things! I think you forgot tonic water on the ingredient list, confused me a little – but then it’s in the description so now I’m not confused anymore :)

Good to hear that Amelia is doing better, my dog eats everything off the ground too, and sometimes that causes stomach flus with her too – I usually give her a little unsweetened plain yoghurt, I’ve heard that the bacteria in the yoghurt are good for the stomach.

happy easter from copenhagen!

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