Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Oregon Strawberry Mojito

I can't think of anything better than a fresh Oregon strawberry cocktail to celebrate the coming of summer.  Oregon's climate offers the perfect growing environment for plump, red, succulent strawberries.  Strawberries are one of the state's oldest, most beloved crops for this reason.

I have a friend that brought me fresh mint from his hydroponic garden a few weeks ago.  While you can muddle mint in cocktails, I decided to make a simple syrup out of it to preserve the rich flavor and to be able to use it in cocktails over the next several weeks without it browning. (Click here to see how simple syrup is made.  Substitute 10 springs of fresh mint for rosemary).

Oregon Strawberry Mojito Recipe
     Start by making this fruit puree (see below).

Oregon Strawberry Puree ~ makes approx. 3 cups

  • 1 lb. Oregon strawberries (or 2 heaping cups)
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice (I used the leftover lemon juice that I froze from my homemade Limoncello recipe)
  • 1/4 cu. warm water
  • 1-3 Tbsp. granulated sugar (you may not need any depending on the natural sweetness of your strawberries.)
Mix well in food processor or blender until smooth.  Strain the mixture to eliminate any large chunks or excess froth.

Combine the ingredients below in a large pitcher.  Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

  • 3 cups Oregon Strawberry Puree 
  • 1 cup Vodka (I used my favorite, local Crater Lake Vodka)
  • 1 cup Fresh garden mint simple syrup

When you are ready to serve, simply add ice cubes and a squeeze of lime into the glass, fill with your pre-made cocktail and top with club soda.  

You are all set to sit back with friends and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer...with a twist!

If you would like to make a Oregon Strawberry Mock tail for the kids, simply omit the vodka and replace with additional club soda.  Trust me, they will love it! Maybe they will even offer to pick the strawberries and mint from the garden next time.

I had the opportunity to make Oregon Strawberry Mojitos for the 1859 Oregon Magazine staff last week.  Stay tuned for their take on it!

To see more Garden to Glass Recipes
And as always, please drink responsibly! 

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