Forget the flowers and chocolate this Valentine’s Day. This year, you’ll win her heart over with a celebration of strawberries in a refreshing, spirited beverage. A plump, juicy strawberry is not only sweet, succulent and packed full of antioxidants, but it’s also a natural aphrodisiac — making this the perfect food for Valentine’s Day. In fact, if you go back in time, the strawberry was once used as a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love because of it’s heart shape and bright red color.
Whether you’re going out for romance on Valentine’s Day or staying close to home, one thing’s for sure — an ice cold, refreshing cocktail with strawberries will certainly spice up your night. With strawberries on our minds, we thought that we’d turn to our friends at Jardin Restaurant in West Palm Beach, where Bar Manager, Deanna Thibeau just started hosting hands-on craft cocktail classes. Trust us, an afternoon of mixing, creating, sipping and pairing food and cocktails is just about the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon — date night anyone?
We enjoyed a preview of the class this past weekend – and may have left just a bit tipsy. It was well worth it though, as we learned about the history of cocktails (like what the very first cocktail was), received a taste of Jardin’s menu (the crispy cauliflower with maple yogurt and Vadouvan cashews was divine) — and were introduced to Deanna’s original Strawberry Balsamic Cocktail.
Because we love you so (and we know that you could use a cocktail), we convinced Deanna to share with us her recipe for the Strawberry Balsamic Cocktail. It’s easy enough to mix up on your own, though a little preplanning is necessary for the strawberry balsamic shrub.
Cheers to you on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year. Now, where are our mixologists?
- 2 ounces vodka
- 3/4 ounce shrub
- 4 strawberry slices
- basil sprig
- soda water
- 1 pint strawberries, sliced
- 1 pint water
- 16 ounces sugar
- 6 ounces white balsamic vinegar
- To make the shrub, add a pint of strawberries and pint of water to pot. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add sugar and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 6 ounces balsamic vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes. Take off heat and cool.
- To make the cocktail, add vodka and shrub to shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into highball. Add a slice of strawberry and basil sprig.