|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 30g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||5%|
|Total Sugars 26g|
|Vitamin C 47mg||235%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A simple variation of the popular gin and tonic, this recipe brings the sweet taste of fresh strawberries into the mix. It's a beautiful and simple drink to enjoy during the summer when the berries are in season.
The strawberry flavor is added via strawberry syrup. While you can buy it, homemade strawberry syrup is a quick and easy project. That recipe requires just a few fresh strawberries, so it is a perfect use for those last few berries that linger in the refrigerator. The syrup takes just a couple of hours to make and most of that is cooling time. If you prepare it in the morning, you'll be ready to enjoy a cocktail in the warm afternoon sun.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce strawberry syrup
1 dash orange bitters
4 to 5 ounces tonic water, to taste
Strawberry, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a highball glass filled with ice, pour gin, lime juice, strawberry syrup, and orange bitters.
Slowly fill with tonic water.
Garnish with a fresh strawberry.
- While you could use almost any gin in this recipe, you might enjoy it best with those that do not have a juniper-heavy profile. Hendrick's, G'Vine, and Aviation are among the top choices because of their lighter, unique flavors that pair perfectly with the sweet strawberries.
- Fresh lime juice is highly recommended. The average lime yields enough juice, so you can simply squeeze half a lime into the glass. When limes are small, squeeze the entire lime.
- If you prefer to buy, a number of companies make strawberry syrup. DaVinci, Monin, and Torani are some of the best-known brands and are relatively easy to find.
- When pouring the tonic, go slow! It's already very fizzy soda water and it foams up quickly when it touches certain fruits, including strawberries. Your glass will overflow if you're not careful.
- Switch out the syrup with any other fruit-flavored syrup to create your own custom spin on the gin and tonic.
- Pour vodka if you prefer for a fruity twist on the vodka tonic.
- As an alternative to the syrup, muddle a few strawberries in the bottom of your glass, then add the gin, tonic, and bitters. This will create a drier drink sweetened only by the strawberries.
- You can also make a strawberry infusion with your favorite gin and skip the syrup. It requires about 1 1/2 cups of sliced strawberries for one bottle of gin and will take between five days and two weeks to reach the desired flavor.
How Strong Is a Strawberry Gin and Tonic?
The strawberry gin and tonic is a delightfully gentle cocktail. Its alcohol content falls right in line with other soda highballs, around 8 percent ABV (16 proof). It's right in between the strength of beer and wine, only this drink is far more interesting.