Drinks

Strawberry Fields Forever

By: The Local Palate
Strawberry Fields Forever strawberry and whiskey cocktail

This recipe from the Aquifer Tasting Bar at New Riff Distilling in Newport, Kentucky, incorporates the flavors of smoky whiskey and peak season berries and orange flavors. The cocktail starts with a strawberry bounce, a sort of cordial, that uses fresh berries. Because the bounce must ferment for six weeks before use, this recipe is a useful way to preserve in-season strawberries well into summer. Leftover bounce can be saved and used over ice cream or mixed with soda water for an easy summertime spritz.

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yields

Makes 1 Cocktail

    Ingredients
    For the Strawberry Bounce:
  • 12 cups (about 3 quarts) fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 4 cups New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 4 cups sugar
  • Special equipment: 3-quart jar
  • For the cocktail:
  • 1 ounce New Riff Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey
  • 1½ ounces Strawberry Bounce
  • 1 dropper of Bitterman’s orange cream citrate
  • ¼-½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • WYLD CBD Lemon Sparkling Water (or other brand of lemon sparkling water)
  • Garnish: Fresh strawberries, lemon wheel
steps

Make the Strawberry Bounce:

  1. Combine bourbon and sugar in a medium bowl or pot and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Add strawberries to a 3-quart jar and pour bourbon-sugar mixture over berries. Cover and let stand for 6 weeks, stirring daily. Strain mixture, saving the liqueur. Liqueur can be served as a cordial at room temperature or on ice. 

Make the cocktail:

  1. In a cocktail tin filled with ice, combine bourbon, Strawberry Bounce, bitters, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously until a frost forms around the outside of tin. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Top with lemon sparkling water and garnish. 
  • Recipe By
    Katie Tobin of the Aquifer Tasting Bar at New Riff Distilling in Newport, Kentucky

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