Wonderbird gin showcases a botanical notes ranging from pine needles, citrus, and spices. It blends beautifully with a sweet and herbal strawberry mint shrub, bountiful botanical notes including pine needle, citrus, and spice blend beautifully with a strawberry mint shrub to create this layered shrub cocktail. Wonderbird Spirits operates out of Oxford, Mississippi, and its gin uses uniquely features fermented Mississippi Delta rice. Garnish your shrub cocktail with a pickled strawberry for an added element of tanginess.
Makes 1 cocktail
1½ ounces Wonderbird No. 61 gin
¾ Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc
½ ounce Strawberry Mint Shrub (recipe follows)
½ ounce lemon juice
Garnish: Fanned strawberry half or pickled strawberry
1½ cups sugar
1 cup red wine vinegar
4 cups sliced strawberries
15-20 sprigs mint
For the Strawberry Mint Shrub (makes 1 quart)
For the Strawberry Mint Shrub
- Add sugar to a container and add strawberries on top. Muddle well to begin the maceration process. Let sit for at least a half hour and muddle again.
- Tear the mint and add to mixture. Muddle again lightly but don’t overwork to avoid bruising the mint. Add vinegar and salt; stir thoroughly to incorporate and make sure the sugar in the corners and on the bottom is getting integrated. Allow to sit for a few hours or overnight in the fridge.
- Bring mixture to room temperature and then run through a fine mesh strainer. Use immediately or store in fridge up to 1 month.
For the Strawberry Mint Cocktail
Add all ingredients to a mixing tin. Ice and shake to dilute and chill. Double strain into a rocks glass over a large rock. Garnish with a fanned strawberry half or pickled strawberry.
Recipe ByWonderbird Spirits in Taylor, Mississippi