On Saturday Marc and I took a day trip to St. Croix Falls, MN for some hiking and wine tasting. We ended up having a perfect day, and it was so nice to have an entire weekend day with my husband. That doesn’t happen often! On our way home we were discussing what to do for dinner and it was decided we wanted to grill out and make a summer cocktail. As I drove, Marc searched his iPhone for ideas. We considered Watermelon Margaritas, Blueberry Gin and Tonics, Sunset Punch, and even one called Redhead in Bed. Umm, interesting.
During our search for the perfect grilling cocktail, Marc came upon a blog and read it in his best blog-mocking voice, “Hey guuuuuuys! So after a really long hard week, I decided I needed a cocktail.” Honestly, he could’ve been reading one of my blog posts for all I knew. Then he asked (in his normal voice) “Why can’t someone want to make a drink after an easy week of work?” After getting a good giggle out of me, he then made up his own blog post introduction with his blog voice, “Oh my gosh you guys. It’s FINALLY summer! That means it’s time for cocktails!”
Sooooo there goes my two ideas for a cocktail blog post. But he’s right – we don’t need a long week of work, a party, or perfect weather to make cocktails. So we made them just for fun. Just for us. And after much discussion, we finally decided on Strawberry Whiskey Sours.
This was such a fun summer twist on this whiskey cocktail. We used fresh strawberries from our CSA, which gave it serious strawberry flavor. Marc thought our first batch was a little sweet, so I’ve modified the recipe below where you can adjust the sweetness with the simple syrup according to your preference. I also wrote the recipe in terms of shots because that’s how we measured them. Essentially, the drink is pretty simple in terms of ratios. 2 parts whiskey, 1 part lemon juice, 1 part simple syrup, and 1 part strawberry puree. The strawberry puree also makes more than you’ll need for 2 cocktails, which works out well because you might want to make another after your first one.
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for the strawberry puree:
- 2 cup strawberries
- 2 tbsp water
for the whiskey sour:
- 4 shots whiskey
- 1-2 shots simple syrup depending on how sweet you prefer your drink
- 2 shots strawberry puree
- 2 shots lemon juice
To make the strawberry puree:
- Place strawberries in blender with 2 tbsp water. Blend until pureed.
- Pour puree through strainer to rid of the seeds. You may have to take a spatula to press the puree through.
To make the whiskey sour:
- Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice, and shake for 30 seconds.
- Pour into cocktail glasses, over ice.
- Garnish with strawberry.