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#CocktailHour: Strawberry Gin Cocktail


It's a rainy Wednesday, and there's a soft breeze floating through the balcony door as I bring you this week's cocktail.  Sit down, put your feet up, and join me for a tip and sip...

This week's cocktail is a strawberry/gin flavored one.  It's a little more involved than most of the others I've reviewed so far- but not so involved that it takes two hours or so... unlike a certain martini...

Put a strawberry, a couple of basil leaves, and 2 teaspoons of sugar into a cocktail shaker.  Mush them up really good with a cocktail muddler.  Add some ice, then pour in 2 ounces of gin, an ounce of lemon juice, and three ounces of club soda.  Shake them all together until they're well mixed, and the outside of the shaker has a fine layer of frost.

Pour into a glass, and add a bit more club soda if needed.

I actually found this cocktail to be quite refreshing.  The gin, strawberry/basil "mush", and lemon juice combined to create a nice mixture of sweet and tartness.  I was impressed enough that I raised my eyebrows and went, "neat..."

This isn't a bar or pub type drink- nor would you ask for it at a friend's party... unless you brought your own strawberries, etc.  It is however, an excellent home party or private time cocktail that can be enjoyed on either a rainy day, or a hot one.  I would actually make this drink again.  I'm going to give it a "Good".


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