How I have missed you.
One of my fave ways to kick off the weekend is with a sexy cocktail and chill out time with the man.
Given it is the time of year where strawberries are unbelievably YUM – and I consequently have several punnets in my fridge – strawberry booze was an easy decision.
But, I am not a big fan of cocktails that are simply sweet; one-note flavours are meh. I need spice or herbs to give an extra kick of flavour.
Sweet, but not sickly. Spicy, but not overpowering.
So, enough chit-chat.
Let’s get down to how to throw this baby together.
The best bit is, you don’t need a GAZILLION ingredients and a bunch of fancy cocktail equipment. Unlike most cocktails, it is super simple to whip up BUT, tastes like you have bought it from a high-end bar.
Ingredients (makes 2):
- 1 tbsp Black Pepper Syrup (see below)
- 100ml vodka
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 6 medium strawberries (hulled)
Unless you know somewhere that sells black pepper syrup (I don’t), this is a D.I.Y job, but it is super simple and takes less than 5 mins to make! Take 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of peppercorns and combine in a saucepan.
Once boiled, turn down to simmer for a couple of mins, take of the heat and drain the peppercorns off, then leave to cool.
The rest is pretty much Smoothie101. Throw 1 tbsp of the syrup and the rest of the ingredients in a blender and wizz until smooth.
Serve with a strawberry garnish and grind some extra pepper on the top (if your feeling fancy).