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Strawberry Cocktail and Mixed Drink Recipe Collection

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Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

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La Berceuse Cocktail

La Berceuse

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Sweet strawberries are great in drinks and play an integral part in the bar. Fresh and frozen strawberries are frequently used within cocktails and as garnishes and every once in awhile you will find strawberry flavored liquors are called for. These cocktails include strawberries in one form or another.

Fresh or Frozen Strawberries:
Fresh strawberries are always preferred and in season between April and July, but there are seasons when they are not at their best and frozen strawberries can be used instead. When using fresh strawberries in drinks remember to remove the stem (hulled) and rinsed. Also, for many applications such as muddling and blending, slicing or dicing the berries is recommended.

The following recipes use real strawberries in the drinks and for a few, which are noted, a syrup, preserves, or a puree are used.

Strawberry Spirits:
For as popular as strawberries are, there are relatively underused inside distilled spirits themselves. Strawberry-flavored vodkas are few very few - Smirnoff and Stoli make one - though with in a week's time you can infuse your own.

Liqueurs are slightly more prevalent as strawberry is naturally prone to being sweetened - sugars actually bring out the sweetest side of the fruit - and you can find a handful of schnapps and liqueurs at the liquor store, most are rather tasty with XUXU, Fragoli and Bols being my top choices. Creme de fraises is another strawberry liqueur to look for. Tequila Rose is probably the best known strawberry liqueur and it is used in a couple of these recipes. It was more popular in the creamy, sweet drinks of a couple decades ago than it is now, but the tequila-based liqueur still has some uses.

Strawberry Garnishes:
I typically do not distinguish garnishes in the cocktail flavor lists, but I make an exception for strawberries. The following recipes show the versatility of the strawberry as a garnish and when it is employed as such it becomes an integral part of the finished drink that I cannot ignore it.

There are a few common ways to garnish a cocktail with strawberries. Simply cutting a slit into a smaller fruit and resting it on the glass' rim or using a single slice of a larger fruit are the easiest. Sometimes you may want to dip the berry in chocolate - great for Valentine's Day - if the drink is of the more decadent variety. Also, take a whole strawberry, slice it thinly while keeping it intact and lay or skewer with a cocktail pick the slices as they are on the drink or rim for a strawberry fan.

This collection of cocktail recipes is an ongoing project and is updated regularly.

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