A Stanley Cup Quaff

I got into my cocktail recipe books just after the end of the strawberry season last year, so it’s been about 11 1/2 months that I’ve been looking forward to making the strawberry mule featured in one of my favorite of the books. Tonight, with a handful of just-overripe strawberries left from the week’s haul, I decided the time had finally come. Of course, when I opened the book up, I discovered I didn’t have a number of the ingredients listed. Whoops! The berries weren’t going to wait, so I had to do something with them tonight, and with a lot of input from Pookie, I came up with a modified version of the recipe. In honor of the final game of the Pens/Wings Stanley Cup Final, I decided to call it a Strawberry Franzen.

Muddle 4-5 strawberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add 2 oz. of vodka, 1/2 oz of Cointreau (I also made one with Chambord, but we agreed the Cointreau was better), and a dash of simple syrup. Shake, and pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer, and garnish with a berry.

This is super-sweet and a bit syrupy, but delightfully snappy from the ginger, and laced with the awesomeness of our farm berries. Pookie’s assessment was that it tastes like an Italian soda. It drinks like one, too! Yum!

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13 responses to “A Stanley Cup Quaff

  1. HG

    When I was in Victoria, I had a couple drinks known as a “Dark and Stormy” which I thought I had seen featured here on IPB’s NBLog. I guess I was mistaken but anyway, they were delicious! Dark rum, ginger beer and a splash o’ lime over ice. It was appropriately spicy and cold.

  2. Dark and Stormys are our go-to drink when I’m not feeling inspired to try something new! I LOVE THEM! I’m so glad you enjoyed them in Victoria!

  3. Mmmmmm Dark and Stormy…

    Glad you liked them, HG!

  4. lol I saw the ginger beer and was totally going to suggest the Dark and Stormy as well. Too slow. But we had them years ago when we went to Bermuda and my entire family has become sort of obsessed. These, however, also look wonderful.

  5. You all are so full of great advice, because I’d take a Dark and Stormy over a Strawberry Franzen any day. I mean, it was good and all, but it was no Dark and Stormy. :D

  6. It would’ve been a great suggestion! That counts for something.

    Also, HG, I only just noticed — “NBlog”? HILARIOUS! That’s totally what our blogs are!

  7. HG

    Also, HG, I only just noticed — “NBlog”? HILARIOUS! That’s totally what our blogs are!

    I was wondering who would get it first! You get a free Dark and Stormy!

  8. Woo-hoo! Free drinks! Only 15 sleeps ’til Ottawa! EEEE!

  9. I am never going to call IPB Living a “blog” again. It is SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. It’s not a mere blog — it’s a NBlog! HG, you’re a genius! :D

  10. HG

    HG, you’re a genius!

    But of course! I’m so excited to see you! You get to witness my genius in person!

  11. I bet your genius is incredibly intimidating in person. I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you online first!

  12. HG

    Yes, I have special glasses I hand out to new people I meet, kind of like those ones that have one blue lens and one red lens. It softens the glare.

  13. That’s just further proof of your genius — you know how overwhelming you are in person. I’m so humbled and awed by you.

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