Spiked Strawberry Punch

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.

 

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