By muddling fresh strawberries, you'll quickly infuse gin with a touch of sweetness and a lovely pink hue that's easy on the eyes. The recipe calls for grapefruit tonic, but grapefruit soda from San Pellegrino or Q Drinks will work in a pinch.
Try it with:Nikka Coffey Gin (Japan). Japanese whiskey powerhouse Nikka burst onto the gin scene with this tart and citrusy example steeped with yuzu and amanatsu (a pomelo relative).
6 tablespoons (3 oz.) gin
1 fresh strawberry
½ cup grapefruit tonic water (such as Fentimans)
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) Lillet Blanc
Grapefruit wedge, for garnish
How to Make It
Muddle gin and strawberry in a small measuring cup, and strain into a tall glass. Top with grapefruit tonic water (such as Fentimans) and Lillet Blanc. Fill glass with ice, and stir well. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.