You know that phrase “dance like no one’s watching”? Sometimes I make cocktails like no one’s watching. No consultation of the ever-growing collection of cocktail books. No sniffing a handful of open bottles to try to decide what will combine well together. And no fancy shake-n-strain techniques; I just chuck a few random ingredients into the blender and hope for the best. Shocking, I know, but true.
Sometimes, it works really well.
Sometimes, it’s like a superfood smoothie; you know it contains things that are good for you, ie alcohol, but it looks and tastes disgusting.
The Strawberries and Dream falls into the first category. It’s a bit like really, really good strawberry ice cream (the kind made with real strawberries, not that fake pink stripe you get in a tub of Neapolitan). 52 Cocktails’ CTO says it’s sophisticated, not overly sweet, and “should be served on a yacht, not from a Mr Whippy van.”
I couldn’t get an accurate photo of it – the colour is somewhere in between the above and below photos – so when you make it, send me a snapshot of yours, please. You can trick it up to impress your friends (see Method, below) or just make it like no one’s watching.
45ml vanilla vodka (we used Absolut Vanilia)
30ml coconut cream
3/4 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
Lime and some caster sugar for rimming the glass
If no one’s watching you, use a regular rocks glass. You could even drink straight from the blender jug while wearing pajamas if you want to.
If someone’s watching you, a fancy or frivolous works well for this.
If no one’s watching you:
Pour some caster sugar onto a plate. Rub the lime around the rim of the glass and dunk it in the sugar.
Chuck everything in the blender with a handful of ice and blend until it looks like a superfood smoothie.
Carefully pour the blended mixture into the glass (avoiding the sugar-coated rim, of course) and drink like no one’s watching you.
If someone’s watching you:
How the hell did this person watching you get into your kitchen?! Go and check if the front door’s locked. OK, so it turns out they were invited? Then let’s give em a show.
Slice a lime into three rounds and place them, flat side up, on a plate.
Pour some caster sugar onto another plate.
Turn a glass upside down and place the rim onto the lime slices. Give it a few twists, then place it in the sugar and give it a twist to help the sugar adhere. Do it with a confident flourish!
Next, make it look as hard as possible to create this masterpiece. Things taste better if it looks like you made an effort, even if all you’re doing is basically making an alcoholic smoothie. Use tongs to place the ice cubes one by one into the blender; slowly measure the liquid ingredients; be very choosy about which strawberries you deign to use. You get the idea.
Double strain the blended mixture into the glass and serve.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
The hardest part is making this look hard to make.
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