Strawberry Ginger Cocktail


This is a twist on a classic British cocktail, the "Pimm's Cup." In place of the Pimm's spirits (which can be difficult to find), we use vodka and a purée of strawberries spiked with fresh ginger and ginger beer for a sprightly summer beverage. This cocktail is refreshingly different and sure to please ginger fans!


1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries (plus 4 whole berries for garnish)
2 tablespoons extra-fine sugar
2 slices peeled fresh ginger (each about the size of a quarter, chopped)
1/3 cup vodka (or more to taste)
1 1/2 cups crushed ice
12 ounces ginger beer (chilled)


Place the strawberries, sugar, ginger, and vodka in a blender and purée until smooth, stopping the machine to scrape down the sides once or twice.

Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Add the ice and ginger beer to the pitcher and stir to combine. Divide the mixture among 4 pretty glasses and garnish each serving with a strawberry. Serve immediately.


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