One of the best parts of spring is the fresh strawberries that start appearing in the stores and markets. We found a nice flat of fresh strawberries and put our mind to finding some new ways to enjoy the strawberries. A classic way to enjoy fruit is in a cocktail, and fresh strawberries can make a mean punch when paired up with a nice whiskey or bourbon.
I started with one of my personal favorite bottles of whiskey, Cut Spike’s 2 Year aged Single Malt Whiskey, a locally distilled whiskey that has incredible smoothness and flavor, and paired it with a a home made black pepper and strawberry syrup as the base for my punch. The strawberry and pepper syrup makes this drink sweet with a bite, the black pepper a bold counter to the sweet strawberry.
The Spiked Strawberry Punch
- 1.25 oz Cut Spike Whiskey (or appropriate other fine whiskey)
- 1 oz Black Pepper Strawberry Syrup
- .5 oz lemon juice
- .75 oz simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Fill a shaker with ice. Pour in the whiskey, syrups, juice and bitters. Shake. Strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a strawberry slice.
Black Pepper Strawberry Syrup
Place 4 cups of strawberries, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup of water. Add 2 teaspoons of fresh cracked black pepper. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the strawberries are soft. Blend until totally liquified. Strain the solids thru a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds and solids. Store in the refrigerator.