Strawberry Booster (Variation)

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Cocktail History

The Strawberry Booster is a blended cocktail that was created by Clare Liardet and was first published in her book Dry: Delicious Handcrafted Cocktails & Other Clever Concoctions. It’s essentially a cocktail-style strawberry smoothie, but instead of using milk, it’s made with a base of lemon juice and ginger syrup paired with a salt, strawberries, mint, and balsamic vinegar and topped with sparkling water. However, our variation adds in vodka and uses both honey and ginger syrup to tone down the spice.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Vodka: This is a spirit made with grains, vegetables or fruits, and alcohol. We used Smirnoff Vodka because it’s high quality and affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, omit the vodka or try STRYKK Not V*dka in place of the vodka.

Honey Syrup: This is a sweetener made with honey and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s simple recipe.

Ginger Syrup: This is a sweetener made with ginger, white sugar, gum Arabic powder, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Balsamic Vinegar: This is a dark and intensely flavored vinegar made with grape must.

Strawberries: This a small red fruit that is soft and juicy and has yellow seeds on its skin.

Mint Leaves: This is an herb. We used fresh Mojito mint.

Salt: This is a mineral. We used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.

Soda Water: This is a type of water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. We used Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Mint Sprig: This is an herb. We used fresh Mojito mint.

Strawberry Slice: This is a strawberry that has been cut into a slice.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut citrus into slices or wheels. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Blender: This is used to blend up ingredients. We used the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPowder Electronic Bar Blender.

Tasting Notes

The Strawberry Booster begins with strong fruit and mint aromas and features the refreshing taste of strawberry backed by notes of citrus, honey, and a hint of ginger.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Alex was pretty “meh” about this drink because it was so tart and a lot of work, but Kendall enjoyed it quite a bit. She thought the Strawberry Booster was frothy, fruity, and delicious and that it would be the perfect poolside sip on a summer day when she’d prefer to avoid falling asleep in a chair before 2:00pm.

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Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Dry: Delicious Handcrafted Cocktails & Other Clever Concoctions by Clare Liardet.

AuthorDry

Yields1 ServingPrep Time10 mins

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 1 oz Vodka
 2 dashes Balsamic Vinegar
 5 Small Strawberries
 4 Mint Leaves
 1 pinch Sea Salt
 2 oz Soda Water
 1 Mint Sprig
 1 Strawberry Slice

Method
1

Add lemon juice, vodka, honey syrup, ginger syrup, balsamic vinegar, strawberries, mint leaves, and sea salt to a blender and pulse until thoroughly mixed and frothy.

2

Fine strain into a lowball glass filled with cracked ice.

3

Top with soda water.

4

Stir for 3-5 seconds.

5

Garnish with mint sprig and strawberry slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 1 oz Vodka
 2 dashes Balsamic Vinegar
 5 Small Strawberries
 4 Mint Leaves
 1 pinch Sea Salt
 2 oz Soda Water
 1 Mint Sprig
 1 Strawberry Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add lemon juice, vodka, honey syrup, ginger syrup, balsamic vinegar, strawberries, mint leaves, and sea salt to a blender and pulse until thoroughly mixed and frothy.

2

Fine strain into a lowball glass filled with cracked ice.

3

Top with soda water.

4

Stir for 3-5 seconds.

5

Garnish with mint sprig and strawberry slice.

Strawberry Booster

Make It a Mocktail: Omit the vodka or use STRYKK Not V*dka in place of the vodka to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Spring Cocktails

If you like this spring-inspired cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Blood Orange Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

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Mountaintop Meadow Cocktail Recipe

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Far East Side Cocktail Recipe

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Kelly Kapowski Mocktail Recipe

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