The Florida strawberry season is coming to a close, making it the perfect time to grab those last few delicious berries and... infuse gin with them. (Duh.) It's the perfect way to preserve a bit of the season for enjoyment throughout the year.
I used a London dry gin for my infusion, but I think any not-too-strong, quality gin will do; my goal was to let the strawberry flavor shine through. Just cut up some strawberries (I used organic berries from Wish Farms) to fill 1/4 of your container, top off with your gin, and let sit. My gin turned this gorgeous shade of pink in about 48 hours, with a few shakes of the bottle in between.
Strawberry Gin & Ginger Smash
1 1/2 oz. strawberry-infused gin
1/2 oz. ginger liqueur (like Domaine De Canton)
sprig of mint + extra bit for garnish
juice of 1/2 a lemon
ginger simple syrup, to taste (see below)
Muddle mint in a shaker bottom. Add ginger liqueur, lemon juice and ginger syrup; fill shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain over an ice-filled collins glass and top with champagne. Garnish with mint (and a fun flamingo stirrer!) and enjoy.
To make ginger simple syrup: add 1 inch of peeled and sliced ginger to a small sauce pan with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until syrup is slightly reduced and starting to thicken. Turn off heat and let ginger steep while the syrup cools to room temperature.