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Monkey Weddings & Summer Sapphires

South Africa to Nova Scotia: Stories, Recipes & Memories

Strawberry Martini

Nova Scotia is berry country and we are spoiled with abundance in the summer. This cocktail works well with any berry, and I have tried it in equal success with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Be careful with these, they go down very quickly.

Yield: Per Drink

2 ounces vodka or gin 1 ounce dry vermouth 2 ounces strawberry simple syrup (see recipe below) 4 strawberries sliced in half A few sprigs of mint

Place martini glasses and shaker in the freezer 10-15 minutes before making the cocktails.

Place 2 sliced strawberries and mint into the cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add the gin, vermouth, simple syrup and ice. Place 2 sliced strawberries into the bottom of the martini glass. Shake and strain into the chilled glasses.

Strawberry simple syrup

1 cup strawberries 1 cup water 1 cup granulated sugar

In a small saucepan combine all the ingredients over a medium heat and simmer until the sugar has dissolved and the strawberries are slightly soft. Place the mixture in a blender and blend into a thin pulp. Store in a sterilized glass jar for up to a month. The syrup is delicious over vanilla ice cream.

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