I’m obsessed with tequila. I’m always looking for uncommon ways to incorporate it into different types of cocktails besides your typical margarita. Tequila cocktails, anyone? What about a tequila twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail? Yes, I’ve tried them all, and let me tell you, this could be a new Swagger trend.
I don’t really know how to describe this strawberry, cucumber and elderflower concoction. It’s not really a strawberry margarita but at the same time it could pass as one if you served it on the rocks with a salted rim. It’s made with tequila, so it’s not technically a martini, even though it’s served straight up in a coupe glass like a martini. Needless to say, this one is unique, refreshing and amazing.
The inspiration for this drink actually came from a cocktail I ordered at a local New Hampshire Italian restaurant a few years ago. The cocktail was called “del sole,” which translates to of the sun in Italian.
A warm and incredibly refreshing cocktail with natural fruity and earthy flavors. It’s not too sweet, nor too strong, and possesses a warm red glow. The perfect tropical cocktail for a warm summer night… or if you wish it was a warm summer night.
You Need a Muddler
A muddler is usually a wooden bar tool with a round flat head. You need to pulverize the strawberries with the muddler until they become a pulp, releasing all the natural juices and flavor. From here you can combine the remainder of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake the daylight out of it.
For this cocktail you can optionally double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Double training is when you strain with a traditional hawthorn strain and then again with a fine mesh strainer as your pour it. This will keep out any of the strawberry pulp, leaving a crisp drink with no residual fruit floating around. This is entirely up to personal preference!
Not a tequila fan? You can easily substitute gin or vodka and it’s equally as good (I’ve tried em all).Print
- 2 1/2 ounces silver tequila (can sub vodka or gin)
- 3/4 ounce elderflower liqueur
- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 strawberries, muddled
- 2 cucumber slices, muddled (optional)
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries and cucumber slices together. Add all remaining ingredients to the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with a cup of ice for 10 seconds.
- Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and serve immediately garnished with a strawberry slice.
Love basil? Muddle fresh basil for a strawberry basil twist.