Recipe Finder

The Washington Post

Strawberry Smash

Strawberry Smash 5.000
Jun 5, 2009

Straining the farmers market fruit and herbs used to make this cocktail makes this drink much more refined than a standard mojito, which sommelier Todd Thrasher says "has too much texture."

Make Ahead: The strawberry-rhubarb mixture needs to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours, then strained carefully. Leftover mixture can be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days, but not frozen.


Servings: 5
Ingredients
  • For the strawberry-basil-rhubarb mixture
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 6 stalks rhubarb, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 15 purple basil leaves (may substitute Italian basil)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons (2 ounces)
  • For the drink
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Lillet Blanc
  • 1 ounce gin, preferably Hendrick's
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounces strawberry-basil-rhubarb mixture (see above)
  • Basil leaves, for garnish

Directions

For the strawberry-basil-rhubarb mixture: Combine the strawberries, rhubarb, basil, sugar and lemon juice in a deep container (preferably a large fat-separator cup). Use your hands to squish the ingredients together; do not puree in a blender or food processor, because the seeds will cause the mixture to become bitter. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours; the pulp will rise to the top and the juices will collect on the bottom.

Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, being careful not to force any pulp through. Discard the pulp. You should have 1 1/2 cups of strained liquid. Reserve 4 ounces and refrigerate the remaining strained mixture for another use; it will last for 3 to 4 days.

For the drink: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the Lillet Blanc, gin, lemon juice and the 4 ounces of strawberry-basil-rhubarb mixture; stir well, then divide among cocktail (martini) glasses.


Add it
Rate it

Recipe Source

Adapted from Todd Thrasher of PX and Restaurant Eve in Alexandria.

Tested by Todd Thrasher.

E-mail questions to the Food Section.

E-mail questions to the Food Section at food@washpost.com.

Avg. Rating (0)

Rate this recipe

Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 117


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 2mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 24g 8%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 22g

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

Most Read lifestyle
SECTION: !!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=bg52e9xhqr, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=bg52e9xhqr, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!