52 Weeks of Pinspiration {Week 17}–Strawberry Cocktail

Welcome to Week 17 of my Pinspiration series!pinspiration banner 2 big 

It’s cocktail time!  Smile

Friday night Tripp and I had a little date night at the Stonehorse Café.  date night

It had been a really stressful week at work for me, so I decided that a cocktail before dinner was just the thing to shake it all off and unwind.   Near the top of the cocktails menu was a drink called the “Maui 75 (aka the Jenny)” made with strawberries, gin, and basil.  The combination sounded intriguing, plus I’ve been on a bit of strawberry kick lately (they are soooo good right now in season), so I figured what the hell and decided to give it a try.

And it was GOOD.  Really, really GOOD.  If you like gin.  Or basil.  Or Strawberries.

Well it just so happened that I saw some gorgeous strawberries at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, so I thought I might see about trying to make this deliciously, interesting cocktail at home.

I did a quick search of Pinterest but didn’t come up with much, so I ventured out onto the world wide web to see what was out there.  And sure enough, I found what looked like the perfect recipe for a Strawberry Gin Cocktail.  And then I promptly pinned it to my “Momma Needs a Drink” pinboard.  Smile

The recipe came together really easy and of course it all started with the star of the show, Strawberries!2012-04-29_5102

And the rest of the ingredients were pretty standard.2012-04-29_5123-web

The Allrecipes version of the cocktail started with whole strawberries, but I had a little bit of strawberry puree left over from my strawberry cupcakes (I promise to share that recipe this week) so to the base of my cocktail shaker I added a couple of tablespoons of puree instead.  And because I like my cocktails on the less-sweet side, I reduced the sugar in the recipe by about half as well.  Then using my fancy, hi-tech gear, I muddled the ingredients as directed. 

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Next I added the gin and shook the tar out of it until it was completely chilled and turned this lovely rosy-pink color.

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The last step was adding the club soda (oh a pretty garnish of course!).  Then a little taste and ahhhhhhh. Smile

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I know that the combination of gin, strawberry, and basil might sound a little weird, but it’s actually so delightfully refreshing.  Really!  2012-04-29_5136-web

I hope you’ll give this a try.  But if funky cocktails aren’t your cup of tea, check out my friend Tonya’s Pinterest inspired cupcakes!

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And my friend Carrie’s candle arrangement made with cut wine bottles she saw on Pinterest. 

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So glad to see my friends are enjoying Pinterest as much as I am!  Feel free to share what you’ve been enjoying too!! Smile

Peace, Kelly

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Hi there! My name is Kelly. I am a wife, mom, and mess-maker extraordinaire. Welcome to my not-so-empty nest.
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