Friday, June 27, 2014

Strawberry Bonanza Part 5 - Strawberry Gin Fizz

So, remember that roasted strawberry syrup?  No?  Oops, because I haven't posted it yet.  Have to fix that...

So, toss a couple of cups of chopped strawberries with 2-3 Tablespoons of sugar and the seeds of a whole vanilla bean.  Spread them out on a parchment-covered baking sheet with edges, then bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.

The strawberries are very tasty roasted, but strain and save that syrup that's leaked out, because it is AMAZING!

Okay, so now, remember that roasted strawberry syrup?  Well, it's back, in another delicious libation!

Roasted Strawberry Gin Fizz!

This is a bright, refreshing drink, perfect for a hot summer evening.  Strawberries are a delicious combination with gin!

In a shaker filled with ice, mix 2 ounces gin, 2 tablespoons roasted strawberry syrup, a squeeze from a lemon, and one egg white.

Hold up...yes, an egg white.  Raw.  And I know it may freak you out.  It scared me too, but the more I read about cocktails, the more I see raw eggs being used in great drinks.  It brings a fullness to the flavor, almost a creaminess.  You can use the whole egg, but the yolk brings in more of an eggy flavor.   And the more I read about health safety with raw eggs, the more confused I was.  I get my eggs from farmers that I trust, and I know that they are fresh, clean, and safe.  A lot of the articles I found recommended using USDA approved refrigerated eggs...and I'll just leave it be at saying use eggs that you trust.

Also, I'm pretty sure the alcohol kills any bad ookies in the egg white.  :)

Shake it up really well, until it's frothy and gorgeous.  (Thank you, egg whites!)

Strain into a highball glass, and pour a little club soda to top it off.

Kick back, take comfort that your hubby will probably not steal this baby-pink concoction, and sip away.

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