strawberry balsamic smash
Recipe type: drink
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Serves: 1
  • half of a fresh lime, cut into two wedges
  • 5 cucumber wheels
  • 2 fresh hulled strawberries (or one if your berries are large)
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup gin (I used seltzer water make to an alcohol-free version)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • crushed ice
  1. Mash lime wedges, 3 cucumber wheels, strawberries, simple syrup, and balsamic vinegar a few times to release oils and juices.
  2. Add gin (or seltzer water) and mix.
  3. Pour into serving glass, fill halfway with crushed ice, stir, then add more ice.
  4. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Garnish with two cucumber wheels.
  6. I served this with a spoon, so fishing out the muddled strawberries and cucumbers was easier.
  7. A rockin' variation: use peaches instead of strawberries. Summer in a glass! It's yet another use for my peach sauce from the last post.
Recipe by story of a kitchen at