There is nothing better than to upgrade your gin tonic with frozen strawberry syrup on a hot summer day.
If you have ever been to Sweden in summer (or planning to go there), you might be familiar with the local Midsummer festivities.
Marking the longest day of the year – or more precisely the day with the most hours of daylight – Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere usually takes place on June 20th, 21st or 22nd depending on the year.
Midsummer (Midsommardagen) in Sweden is celebrated on the Saturday following June 20th; with festivities starting on Friday evening, much like Midsummer Eve. In fact, for the Swedish this is one of the most cherished holidays of the year, when people will wear flower crowns and sing and dance around a maypole, and of course consume a lot of traditional Nordic food – and even more refreshing summer cocktails.
By the way, if you ever happen to come to Sweden during Christmas, you might be amazed to find the Swedish will also sing and dance around the Christmas tree on Christmas night. Seems to be a thing there.
Then there is another awesome reason visiting Sweden over the summer. With just over 10 million inhabitants, Sweden boasts large areas of untouched rural land and indeed more than 70% of the country is covered by forest. Which means, if you love wild berries, you have found your dream location. Indeed, berries are quite prominent in the Swedish cuisine, and you will have to look hard to find a lot of Swedish people who won’t go foraging wild berries during the season (early June to end September).
Berry season in Sweden kicks-off with strawberries, typically harvested from early June till end July. And thus, right during the Swedish Midsummer.
And just like that, inspired by the Frozen Strawberry Margarita, I’ve created this delicious Frozen Strawberry Gin Tonic. It’s assembled in almost no-time and always a crowd pleaser on the summer party buffet over here.
Recipe: Frozen Strawberry Gin Tonic
250 g fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
juice of 1 fresh lime
120 ml gin
360 ml tonic water
strawberry, lime wheel and fresh mint leaves for garnishing
Keep few strawberries for garnishing. Roughly chop the remaining.
Place strawberries, sugar, and lime juice in a small bowl and blend until smooth and the sugar has completely dissolved.
Put in the freezer for 2 hours. After this time, it should be lightly frozen over but still soft and slightly liquid.
Fill two cocktail glasses with ice cubes. Spoon one quarter of the frozen strawberry syrup into each of the two glasses. Add gin, then top up with tonic water. Gently spoon in the remaining frozen strawberry syrup.
Garnish with a strawberry, lime wheel and fresh mint leaves.