With that rare moment of English summer sun and heat, a refreshing strawberry gin cocktail with mint and lime will help sooth the heat of the day as you sit back and relax in the extended evening light of mid-summer.

I’m a strawberry perfectionist and am only really happy eating perfectly fresh, firm strawberries, so this is an ideal recipe for using up strawberries that might be a little bit tired, but where you don’t have enough to make jam.

Strawberry Gin Cocktail Recipe

Strawberry syrup Ingredients:

  • 200g strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 50g sugar

Cocktail:

  • 50g Strawberries – washed & quartered
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 60 ml Gin
  • 400 ml sparkling water or tonic
  • ice cubes

Method:

  • Wash, de-husk and quarter the strawberries and place in a saucepan
  • Add the water and bring to the boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes
  • Mash the strawberries and simmer for a further 2 minutes
  • Strain the strawberry mix through a fine sieve into a bowl
  • Mix with the sugar then allow to cool
  • Place the remaining strawberries, sliced lemon and mint into two glasses.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of strawberry syrup in each glass
  • pour in the gin and sparkling water or tonic
  • Add ice cubes, garnish and serve

You can always use other fruit if you prefer, depending on what’s in season or available.

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