One sip of this drink and there's no question what season it is—it's time to take advantage of as many strawberries as you can. This cocktail, with its sweet, refreshing flavor is the perfect way to enjoy one of summer's most iconic fruits.
Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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- Yield:makes 1 cocktail
- Active time: 5 minutes
- Total time:5 minutes
- 2 strawberries, sliced plus another for garnish
- 3/4 ounces fresh juice from 1 to 2 limes
- 1 ounce simple syrup (see note)
- 1 sprig of mint, plus another for garnish
- 2 ounces Junmai Ginjo sake
- 1 1/2 ounces seltzer water
In a mixing glass, muddle strawberry, lime juice, and simple syrup in the bottom of a tall glass until the strawberry is completely dissolved. Add mint leaves and gently tap 5 times with muddler. (Do not over-muddle mint or it will taste bitter and muddy.)
Fill glass with ice and add sake. Stir until the fully incorporated. Pour unstrained into serving glass, top with seltzer and garnish with a sprig of mint and a strawberry.