June 1, 2022

Strawberry Ginger Cooler

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A red-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with ice, garnished with a whole strawberry and sitting on a round gold coaster that is resting on a larger round, white, marble plate

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 red-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with ice, garnished with a whole strawberry and sitting on a round gold coaster that is resting on a larger round, white, marble plate

Strawberry Ginger Cooler

Everything’s better with berries! And strawberry season is the perfect time to add some extra fruitiness to your tipples. Great for summer BBQs and outdoor entertaining, this Strawberry Ginger Cooler is one cocktail you’ll be sipping all season long!

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 ½ oz White Rum

1 oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Brown Sugar Syrup

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Strawberries, sliced

1 oz Ginger Beer

Garnish: Strawberry

Instructions:

FOR THE COCKTAIL:

Add lemon juice, brown sugar syrup, bitters and strawberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle together until well combined. Add Rum and shake. Double strain into a glass filled with ice and top with the ginger beer. Give a gentle stir and garnish with a strawberry.

FOR THE BROWN SUGAR SYRUP:

Combine equal parts brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. You can use either light or dark brown sugar, but I personally prefer dark because it offers a bit of richness that I enjoy in contrast to the freshness of the berries and lemon.

A red-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with ice, garnished with a whole strawberry and sitting on a round gold coaster that is resting on a larger round, white, marble plate

Strawberry Ginger Cooler

Everything’s better with berries! And strawberry season is the perfect time to add some extra fruitiness to your tipples. Great for summer BBQs and outdoor entertaining, this Strawberry Ginger Cooler is one cocktail you’ll be sipping all season long!

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 ½ oz White Rum

1 oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Brown Sugar Syrup

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Strawberries, sliced

1 oz Ginger Beer

Garnish: Strawberry

Instructions:

FOR THE COCKTAIL:

Add lemon juice, brown sugar syrup, bitters and strawberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle together until well combined. Add Rum and shake. Double strain into a glass filled with ice and top with the ginger beer. Give a gentle stir and garnish with a strawberry.

FOR THE BROWN SUGAR SYRUP:

Combine equal parts brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. You can use either light or dark brown sugar, but I personally prefer dark because it offers a bit of richness that I enjoy in contrast to the freshness of the berries and lemon.

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