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Strawberry-Gin Spritzer

Make this refreshing cocktail when the strawberries are abundant and are a deep, juicy red. The combination of herbal gin and bitter Campari calls to mind the profile of a classic Negroni, but if these spirits are not for you, feel free to skip the Campari altogether or swap out the gin for vodka or a light golden rum. That is what is so spectacular about this drink – you can comfortably make it your own. Switch out the spirits, use sparkling wine in place of seltzer, or even make it alcohol-free. It is loose and care-free, just like the last hot, slow days of summer. The strawberry-syrup below makes enough for 32 cocktails, so this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd.
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • Ice
  • 8 ounces gin preferably a less juniper-heavy brand like Hendrick’s
  • 4 ounces Strawberry-Black Pepper Syrup see Recipe Notes
  • 4 ounces Campari optional
  • 12 ounces club soda
  • Sliced strawberries and basil sprigs for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill a pitcher with ice. Add the gin, strawberry syrup, Campari, if using, and club soda; stir. Pour into ice-filled glass, garnish with sliced strawberries and basil sprigs and serve right away.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD If preparing this drink in advance for a large crowd, combine the gin, strawberry syrup and Campari. Let guests add ice and club soda at their convenience.
View recipe for Strawberry-Black Pepper Syrup here.
Keyword basil, gin, spritzer, strawberry
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