The time of year is finally upon us when the days are getting longer and low humidity, breezy evenings are just beckoning us to linger outdoors just a little bit longer each evening. Whether we’re dining al fresco or just listening to the birds and watching our son play in the backyard at dusk, nothing complements spring evenings in the south better than a beautiful cocktail highlighting fresh-from-the-field berries and herbs.
The strawberries for this drink don’t get any fresher – they were picked the same morning right up the road at Patterson Farms. And we didn’t have to go too far for the herbs either as basil and mint grow prolificly in our raised garden beds!
Freshly picked basil and mint infuse this cocktail with just the right amount of earthy bite while the tangy citrus and essence of molasses in the turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw) create just the perfect sweet-tart and slightly savory spring refreshment. Take advantage of our local seasonal produce and make this beautiful drink tonight!
In a pretty pitcher, muddle the strawberries, sugars, basil, mint, and lemon juice with a large wooden spoon.
Stir in the spirit of your choice (we are partial to gin or a single-barrel bourbon), club soda, and ice.
Pour into ice filled glasses letting some of the strawberries and herbs fall into the glasses. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh herbs.
- About 8-10 fresh, large strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1 Tbsp. turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw)
- Handful of basil and mint, preferably from your own garden. Reserve a few sprigs for garnish. (These herbs are so easy to grow!)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 4 oz. of your favorite spirit ( We love this drink with a top shelf gin or single-barrel bourbon)
- 24 oz. club soda
- 4 cups ice
- In a pretty pitcher, muddle the strawberries, sugars, basil, mint, and lemon juice with a large wooden spoon. I use juiced citrus in almost all of my recipes and use a handy citrus juicer to extract the most juice without having to worry about seeds falling in my drinks/dishes. I particularly love this juicer because it has dual cups to fit both lemons and limes.
- Stir in your spirit of choice, club soda, and ice.
- Pour into ice filled glasses letting some of the strawberries and herbs fall into the glasses.
- Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh herbs.
Makes about 4 drinks