Sumsumsummer time


Summer’s in full swing here and ever since the Olympics came and went, it’s been one celebratory night after another. Enter summertime adult bevvies. K is best at making cocktails. I drink ’em, I just always add too much of this or too much of that. But when I found Smitten Kitchen’s super easy recipe for a blackberry gin fizz, I happened to have strawberries and well, now I’m practically a bartender with this version.

INGREDIENTS// 1/4 cup fresh strawberries / 2 tablespoons sugar / 1/2 cup gin / 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (2 limes) / Club soda / 2 sprigs sweet basil or 2 thin lime wedges (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS// Halve strawberries. Purée strawberries and sugar with a blender until liquified. (I didn’t do this next step, but for those who cannot have seeds, strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve or tea strainer into two tall or collins-style glasses; discard seeds in sieve.) Divide gin and lime juice between glasses and stir to combine. Add ice to glasses then top each with soda and a sprig of basil or wedge of lime. Give ’em a quick stir. Sit in the sun and enjoy. Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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