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Strawberry Bumble Bee {a gin drink}

happy friday! ! !  finally, it’s friday, and it feels so good.

to celebrate the end of the week, we decided to make a cocktail for today’s post.

one of my favorites is The Bees Knees {gin, honey syrup, & fresh lemon juice}, so i thought it would make a good base and i could add some extra goodness.

the goods: strawberry puree,  mint,  and for a little spritz, soda water.

i’m not going to lie, i am pretty proud of this concoction.  it makes an awesome summer’s night drink, and the bonus: it’s pretty.

we are looking forward to relaxing this weekend; a little shopping on saturday, riding our bikes around town, and the boulder farmer’s market on sunday — cannot wait to get my hands on some palisades peaches!  might just have to whip up a peachy treat next week. . .

well, let’s get this show on the road. the weekend is here — cheers to that!!

Strawberry Bumble Bee

a Matt & Rachel’s Kitchen original recipe

yield: 2 drinks {because no one wants to drink alone}


  • 4 oz gin
  • .75 oz honey syrup
  • .75 oz freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz strawberry purée {approx 6 strawberries}
  • 3 mint leaves, torn
  • soda water, to top off


To make the strawberry purée – slice strawberries and blend until smooth {our bullet blender does a great job}.  Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain out the chunks and seeds so you are left with a smooth purée.

To make the honey syrup – combine equal parts honey and water.  Boil the water, turn off the heat and stir in the honey until it is emulsified.  Don’t worry about making too much, you can put any extra in an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place to use for another day.

Add gin, honey syrup, lemon juice, strawberry purée, and ripped mint leaves into a shaker.  Add ice and shake rigorously.  Use a cocktail strainer to pour into two glasses, split evenly.

Top off the drinks with soda water.  Garnish with mint or small strawberries and thin lemon slices {if desired}  … enjoy! !

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