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Strawberry Cocktail

This beautiful strawberry cocktail — or, strawberry fizz — can be served with or without gin, and is gorgeously colored and flavored by loads of fresh strawberries! Enjoy this drink as a refreshing summer mock/cocktail spiked with fresh mint or basil from the garden.

Strawberry puree in a jar with a spoon and glasses of strawberry cocktail.

Why You’ll Love a Strawberry Fizz

This version of a classic gin fizz puts a berry spin on things and swaps egg white for pretty in pink strawberry puree. This is a refreshing drink that’s spiked with gin and fresh lime juice and finished with a splash of bubbly seltzer or sparkling water for effervescence. You can easily make this strawberry drink into an alcohol-free mocktail or serve it as a punch at a spring party. Fresh mint leaves are a perfect garnish, or try basil for a summery twist. It’s so easy to make and makes the most of fruit season. I know you will love it!

A bottle of gin is next to glasses of strawberry cocktail and fresh mint leaves.

What You’ll Need for a Strawberry Cocktail

I’ve outlined what you’ll need to make a strawberry fizz below. The full ingredient amounts and detailed instructions are included in the recipe card lower down – this is just an overview.

  • Strawberries – Fresh, in-season strawberries are best but you can use frozen if needed
  • Honey – Or use sugar
  • Lime – The citrusy sweetness of the lime works so well with the strawberries
  • Seltzer – Or sparkling water 
  • Fresh mint – This can be omitted if needed, but fresh mint leaves are a lovely addition
  • Gin – Use your preferred brand of gin. Omit the gin for a mocktail.

How to Make a Strawberry Drink

  1. Puree: In a blender, puree the strawberries and honey, add a splash of water if needed, and blend until thick and smooth.
  2. Make drinks: Divide the purée between glasses, add a shot of gin to each, and stir to combine. Add ice to glasses then top each with seltzer and a few of the mint leaves.
A glass of strawberry cocktail topped with mint leaves and a small bowl of strawberries.

Variation Ideas

This strawberry drink can be adapted to include other fruit, served as a mocktail, or you can play around with some of the ingredients. See my variation suggestions below:

  • Try other fruit! Any sort of fruit puree would be wonderful in place of the strawberries (of course, it would then become a cherry, or blackberry, or peach cocktail!).
  • Add sparkling wine. If you want to add a bit more of an alcoholic punch, substitute the seltzer for sparkling wine.
  • Make it a punch. I could see this beautiful drink in a big glass bowl full of ice and strawberry slices as a non-alcoholic punch perfect at a baby shower, sweet 16 birthday party, or kids’ get-together! Multiply the quantities by as many servings as you think you may need, pour it all into a pretty bowl, add ice, and let your guests serve themselves.
  • Swap in basil. Basil and strawberry is also a winner of a combo. Instead of the mint, try garnishing each drink with fresh basil leaves.
  • Make ahead: The strawberry puree can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 1 week, or you can freeze it so you can make this drink whenever you wish!
A glass of strawberry cocktail, a bowl of strawberries, and a jar of strawberry puree.

Proper Storage

Here’s how to store any leftover strawberry puree. The rest of the ingredients are easy and don’t need to be stored!

  • Fridge – Keep the strawberry puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Freezer – Place the puree in a sealable, freezer-safe bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge before using in the drink.

More Easy Strawbery Recipes

Strawberry Fizz

Nicole Spiridakis
This strawberry fizz can be served with or without gin, and is gorgeously colored and flavored by loads of fresh strawberries! Enjoy this as a refreshing summer mock/cocktail spiked with fresh mint or basil from the garden.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 30 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pint strawberries , tops cup off and halved
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 1 lime , juiced
  • Seltzer or sparkling water , I used lime seltzer, and left out the lime juice
  • 8 fresh mint leaves , roughly torn
  • Gin

Instructions
 

  • Purée strawberries and honey or sugar in a blender until it's as liquefied as possible. Add a splash of water if needed and continue to and purée until very smooth and thick.
  • Divide the purée between glasses, add one shot of gin to each, if using, and stir to combine. Add ice to glasses then top each with seltzer and a few of the mint leaves. If not using gin, you may up both the quantity of the strawberry mixture and the seltzer or sparkling water.

Nutrition

Calories: 30kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.5mg
Did you make this recipe?Let me know in the comments how it went!

3 Comments

  1. You are a very good friend indeed, this strawberry fizz sounds delightful and I too rarely make fancy nonalcoholic drinks resorting instead to water or overnight refrigerator tea with maybe a sprig of something from the garden. I need to fix that. As for those piano lessons, sounds like they paved the road for your writing practice and I bet you’ll get a Christmas card from your piano teacher in the mail one of these years…

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  3. “sometimes what aches the most is that nostalgia for things past, for things we wished had happened, for something indefinable, for things we miss even if we never experienced them”
    Could that possibly be the most beautiful words you’ve ever written? Made my heart tug and cry, and sing and soar, all at once.

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