Please excuse my lack of self-control while I share all the strawberry recipes with you all at once. I can’t keep these recipes to myself! The strawberries are talking to me at this point. They like to be soaked in gin, they say.
There are a lot of flavors that go well with strawberries, but my favorite is rose water. (Second to gin, of course)
Rose water tastes like, um, roses. It tastes the way roses smell, but in a delicate, not over-the-top way. I promise. And yeah, you’re going to have to hunt it down at an ethnic market. But, I happen to think you’ll enjoy the hunt and walk away with a whole bag full of new groceries, too. Try somethin’ new while you’re there! If you see orange water next to rose water, go ahead and pick that up, too. <<foreshadowing>>
One of the early recipes on my site is a strawberry crostata made with rose water. My Mom made the recipe many times without the rose water, and then finally bought a bottle. Now, she says, she’ll hardly make a strawberry dessert without it.
I made this cocktail with gin, because I’m currently having a scandalous love affair with local gin, but vodka would be fabulous, too. If you’re not a fan of the herbal flavors of gin, you’ll appreciate vodka in this application. I’m amazed that rose water is able to stand up to the herbs and floral notes of gin, so I’ll stick with it.
How about a blast from the past with a 2010 photo of said strawberry crostata that makes me want to cringe? Get it:
Yikes! Ok, final words: I like this cocktail with only one teaspoon of sugar, but if you like super sweet and fruity cocktails, go ahead and use two.
- 6 beautiful strawberries
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 4 shots gin
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup club soda (or, to taste)
- First, wash and de-stem the strawberries. Next, dice the strawberries into small pieces, like 12 pieces from one berry. Tiny.
- Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the strawberries. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then, mash the strawberries with a fork to release their juices.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and then add the strawberry mixture, gin, rose water and a pinch of salt (just trust me). Shake, then divide between two glasses.
- Top each glass off with club soda and squeeze a lime wedge into each glass.