Friday, 24 April 2015

Friday Cocktail: Strawberry and Rhubarb Basil Gin Fizz

Photo: Wicker Paradise (CCL)

Happy Friday, everyone! And especially rhubarb fans...

I've had some fun experimenting with rhubarb cocktails this week. I already made a rhubarb and ginger gin fizz last year, but this year I wanted something lighter and fruitier to play with over the weekend. So I've added some strawberries and aromatic basil to make this really sing.

Rhubarb is brilliantly in season at the moment, but this cocktail can be enjoyed all year round thanks to the usage of Chase's epic Rhubarb Liqueur (£17.35, The Whisky Exchange) which might just be one of my favourite liqueurs of all time.

The best part? This is such an easy cocktail to make, you'll have it prepared in 2 minutes flat. Just don't come crying to me if you end up having one too many...


Strawberry and Rhubarb Basil Gin Fizz recipe (serves one)

Glass: Pretty tumbler
Garnish: 1 strawberry plus a couple of basil leaves

Ingredients:

3-4 strawberries (depending on size!)
25ml gin
25ml rhubarb liqueur
15ml lime juice
soda water, to top

Shake it!

1. Chop the strawberries into tiny little pieces and muddle them well in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.

2. Add the gin, rhubarb liqueur and lime juice and some ice, and give a good shake for 5-10 seconds, until the outside of the shaker is becoming frosty.

3. Strain into a pretty tumbler, add some pretty ice cubes (you could freeze them filled with edible flowers, bits of basil or more strawberry pieces?) and top up with soda.

4. Garnish with a chopped strawberry and a couple of basil leaves for extra aromas!

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