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Strawberry Gin Spritzer

- @judy.kim.

ACTIVE: 10 min TOTAL: 35 min

TO MAKE AHEAD: Refrigerat­e syrup (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 week.

EQUIPMENT: Cocktail shaker

This low-alcohol spritzer is just the thing to imbibe on a hot summer’s day. Gentian liqueurs are made from the roots of gentian, a blue-petaled wildflower that grows throughout the Alps. This recipe makes about 1 cup of syrup but you’ll only need 1 Tbsp. to make each drink—try a splash in seltzer for a DIY craft soda.

STRAWBERRY SYRUP

11/2 cups coarsely chopped strawberri­es

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

COCKTAIL

Ice cubes

1 ounce gin

1 ounce bitter gentian liqueur, such as Suze or Salers

1/2 ounce lemon juice

2 strawberri­es, thinly sliced, plus 1 whole strawberry for garnish

Club soda

Lemon twist & mint sprig for garnish

1. To prepare strawberry syrup: Combine strawberri­es, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasional­ly, until the strawberri­es have broken down, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and mash any large pieces with a fork. Set aside to cool, about 10 minutes.

2. Strain the strawberry mixture through a finemesh sieve set over a bowl, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.

3. To prepare cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add gin, gentian liqueur, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the syrup. Shake until frosty, about 10 seconds.

4. Strain the cocktail into an ice-filled rocks glass. Add sliced strawberri­es and top with club soda. Garnish with a whole strawberry, lemon twist and mint sprig, if desired.

SERVES 1: 6 oz.

161 0g (sat 0g) 0mg

17g (added 14g)

14mg 83mg.

Cal Fat Total sugars Sodium Chol Carbs Protein Fiber Potassium

18g 0g

JUDY KIM is a New York-based food stylist and recipe developer. Follow her on Instagram

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