Happy Hour Must-Have: Strawberry Gin and Tonic

The strawberries at our local farmers’ market are looking great and tasting sweet. You may remember that we whipped up a pretty (and delicious) all-natural strawberry simple syrup recently and I’ve enjoyed mixing it into fizzy drinks like soda water and champagne. But my favorite use (so far) has been using it as a way to jazz up a classic gin and tonic, my usual drink of choice.

Strawberry Gin and Tonic by somethingwewhippedup.com

Strawberry Gin and Tonic by somethingwewhippedup.com

The strawberry syrup adds a subtle fruity flavor and transforms the cocktail into a festive-looking pink sipper. I think I may have to go have another!

Strawberry Gin and Tonic

Makes 1 drink

  • ice
  • 3 ounces gin (I prefer Pylmouth)
  • 1 ounce all-natural strawberry simple syrup (get our recipe here)
  • tonic
  • 1 strawberry with a small, 1-inch slit cut into the bottom

1. Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the gin and strawberry simple syrup, then top with tonic water. Gently stir until combined. Taste and adjust flavors if necessary. Garnish glass with the strawberry.

SWWU Tip: Make your ice cubes out of tonic water for an extra special treat.

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The Almost Neat to Messy Tipple

I love the first few sips of a nice bourbon or rye straight up. But, after my tongue has been tickled and my throat is warm, I get bored and need something a little more exciting. Enter: the almost neat to messy drink!

The Almost Neat to Messy Tipple by somethingwewhippedup.com

The Almost Neat to Messy Tipple by somethingwewhippedup.com

Simply make flavored cubes and pour your libation of choice over the top. The alcohol is chilled ever so slightly for the first few sips then, as the cubes melt, you get a slow release of flavor infusing your drink. To make the drink pictured above, we filled an ice cube tray with fresh apple cider and added two drops of orange bitters to each section, then froze until hard. Then we added the cubes to a glass (two for Brian and three for me) and poured a few ounces of Blanton’s over the top. Keep in mind that the more cubes you add to your glass, the more diluted your cocktail will be. Paired with some good company, this simple sipper can’t be beat. I think I’ll have another!

SWWU Tip 1: Unfortunately, this idea does take a bit of planning ahead. B and I like to whip of a big batch of cubes and keep them stored in the freezer to use whenever the mood strikes us.

SWWU Tip 2: Cider and other juices won’t freeze as quickly or as well as water. Make sure to put your ice cube trays in the coolest part of your freezer for best results. 

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