I love _____berry season. Any kind of berry. I don’t actually eat a lot of fruit (despite the fact that my mom has tried to force me to my whole life!), but berries I reach for. From tossing them in salads to incorporating them into cocktails to using them to make desserts to simply enjoying a bowl full of them plain, berries are my jam. No pun intended.
With strawberry season at its peak here in Georgia, I’ve been having some fun with them in the mixology department! Especially because strawberries pair deliciously with an array of flavors, making them easy to experiment with.
While I absolutely love indulging in a complicated and sophisticated cocktail that requires heaps of skill and spirits knowledge to make when I'm out, I tend to keep it simpler at home. Most people in my circle don’t have extensive home bars, so I like to create drinks using easy to find ingredients that are elevated, yet approachable enough for my friends and family to mix up as well. And this cocktail falls into that camp!
The combination of strawberries, lemon and ginger makes for a refreshing sipper that’s great for outdoor cocktailing and summer BBQs. This is also one of those drinks that tastes as though it’s way harder to make than it is, so it’s a perfect one for entertaining!
A writer and photographer, Allie Albanese is the founder and curator of Parched Around the World. Here she seeks to tell stories about the intersection of food, drinks, cultures, and traditions in places near and far.
As the Beverage Director and Head Bartender of a high-volume cocktail bar, Allie spent years honing her mixology skills and learning about the fascinating world of drinks. In the time since, she's worked as a wine and cocktail consultant for both private and corporate clients, as well as a freelance journalist writing about cocktails, wine, food, and travel for various publications across the United States and abroad.
When mixing a drink for herself, you’ll likely find Allie with a fresh Gin Gimlet or a spicy Old Fashioned in hand!