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!