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Signature Drink - Guest Post by Kim Hendrickson, Salvia Press

Monday, July 10th 2017 @ 8:48 PM

I am a recipe collector. Anything that interests me or has an element that I think will work in a future recipes goes into my 4 drawer high metal file draw, organized in a manner that (hopefully) I can retrieve the inspiration. One file keeps getting bigger and bigger, because I seem only to collect and not use the recipes within: BEVERAGES & PARTY DRINKS.

I’m just a social drinker and being the “designated driver” for most parties, I don’t drink when I’m out, which may be one of the reasons the file is so large, so I’ve decided to pick a “signature drink” for the two parties I have every year: Memorial Day and Christmas. This recent picnic I served a drink that conforms to the current trend of putting a modern edge on an old-timey cocktail. It was a great choice: refreshing because of the lime, real, deep strawberry flavor -- I used 25 cups of fresh strawberries and with a splash of soda, this one was a hit! Try it.



Yield: 2

2/3 cup hulled strawberries, quartered

2 teaspoons sugar

1 lime

3 oz. gin

½ cup chilled soda water

Combine strawberries and sugar in a pint glass. Cut lime in half. Slice one half in quarters; add quarters to strawberry mixture. Squeeze juice of other half into the strawberry mixture; discarding rind. With a muddler or wooden spoon, muddle strawberry mixture until well blended and sugar had dissolved. Add gin to the glass; cover glass and shake well for 30 seconds. Pour strawberry mixture through a strainer evenly into 2 glasses. Add ice to catch glass, top each glass with ¼ cup soda water.



~ Kim Hendrickson, Salvia Press


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KIM HENDRICKSON, author of the Tastefully Small cookbook series, has been teaching for nearly twenty years. A regular instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School, she is a frequent speaker at culinary events throughout the U.S.  She has catered for The Travel Channel’s Bizarre Food Show, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Penguin Repertory Theater. And TV’s “Slangman”, David Burke. Kim's book, "Finger Sandwiches", is the only one of its kind, dedicated exclusively to a celebration of unique and flavorful tea sandwiches, and her "Savory Bites" and "Dessert Canapes" books help round out the Tastefully Small series to make any gathering both fun and delicious. If Kim has one abiding passion, it’s helping people find their inner chef.  From the importance of selecting the proper ingredients, to garnish and plating ideas, to shortcuts that can help reduce the stress of planning an event, the sole aim of Kim’s passion for food and teaching is to make sure it’s as much about the joy of creating something beautiful as it is sharing that food with others. See


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