Refreshingly delicate, slightly sweet, and gin forward. Meet the Strawberry Gin Smash. This summer gin cocktail can be classified as a fancy gin and tonic with a summery twist. The drink might look complicated, but it is quick to make and can be made ahead of time in a pitcher for easy refills. Our recipe calls for one serving, but can be multiplied to fit your happy hour, or any hour needs. We suggest leaving the ice out if you are not planning to drink it right away to avoid watering-down the cocktail.
A smash cocktail means that a fruit had to get hurt in the process. Well, maybe not actually hurt, but it was certainly muddled. Only to produce more flavors of course. The technique has been around for decades, and has lasted this long for a reason. Originally a smashed drink meant using mint, sugar, ice, and a spirit, but has evolved to include some sort of fruit. Featured here, ripe strawberries.
So what can be found in this summer gin cocktail? Strawberries, lots and lots of strawberries, gin, the best of spirits, lime juice for a kick, and tonic water to marry the gin and bring it all to bubbly heaven. Some recipes call for club soda and sugar instead, resembling more of a Tom Collins, but we feature tonic water for a slightly less sweet version.
Strawberry Gin Smash
- Squeeze of lime
- Handful strawberries
- 2 Ounces gin
- Tonic water
Into a glass add in the lime juice and strawberries and muddle. Add in the gin and top off with tonic water. Garnish with a few mint leaves, sip, and enjoy.
For an added simple decoration rim the glass by dipping it in lime juice and then in sugar.