Strawberry Booster

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Cocktail History

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

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Soda Water: This is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It stretches the drink and adds some fizz. We used Topo Chico because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes much better.

Honey Ginger Syrup: This is a sweetener that gives the cocktail its sweet honey and spicy ginger flavor. We made ours using Alex’s recipe.

Balsamic Vinegar: This is a dark and intensely flavored vinegar made from grape must. It balances out the sweetness of the fruity flavors. We used a brand from our local grocery store.

Strawberries: These are blended in the drink to add all of its fruity strawberry flavor.

Mint Leaves: These are blended in the drink to add fresh mint flavor.

Sea Salt: This is added to the drink to balance its sweetness.

Mint Sprig: This is one of the garnishes. It adds more fresh mint aroma and flavor.

Strawberry Slice: This is the other garnish. It adds more fresh strawberry aroma and flavor.

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 for no alcohol, but Kendall enjoyed it quite a bit. She thought it was frothy, fruity, and delicious, and 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.

Recipe

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

AuthorDryPrep Time10 minsRating

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

Method
1

Muddle 4-5 mint leaves in a lowball glass.

2

Add ice.

3

Add honey ginger syrup, lemon juice, and sea salt to a blender and pulse for a few seconds.

4

Add strawberries and pulse until frothy.

5

Add balsamic vinegar and pulse for 5 more seconds.

6

Pour drink into lowball glass.

7

Top with soda water.

8

Garnish with mint sprig and strawberry slice.

Ingredients

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

Directions

Method
1

Muddle 4-5 mint leaves in a lowball glass.

2

Add ice.

3

Add honey ginger syrup, lemon juice, and sea salt to a blender and pulse for a few seconds.

4

Add strawberries and pulse until frothy.

5

Add balsamic vinegar and pulse for 5 more seconds.

6

Pour drink into lowball glass.

7

Top with soda water.

8

Garnish with mint sprig and strawberry slice.

Strawberry Booster

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More Low-Proof Cocktails

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

 Blood Orange Sunrise: A mocktail made with pomegranate juice, blood orange juice, lime juice, honey syrup, soda water, and a blood orange twist

Kelly Kapowski: A mocktail made with soda water, ginger syrup, lemon juice, celery bitters, cucumber, arugula, paprika, and a cucumber ribbon

 Far East Side: A low-proof cocktail made with sake, tequila, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and shiso leaves

 Hot Peppermint Patty: A low-proof cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

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