Strawberry // Blood Orange // Coconut water // Gin

As it’s nearly the weekend, I thought I’d give you a little treat.
The beautiful weather this week has had me daydreaming about beaches and waves and palm trees and all sorts, and it’s only March. I worked outside this afternoon, which was a right treat, although a tiny bit breezy. Our house is right next to a horse riding stable, so you get the occasional ‘HIYA’ from the heads bobbing above the fence on horseback, and lots of neighing and kicking stable doors from the naughty horses, but I kinda like it. In fact, that’s a lie, I really like it, because it’s home. *cringefest*
I made a virgin one of these today, but now it’s a little bit later I’m craving it again with gin, in the exact same spot, but with my favourite book instead of work. It is really refreshing, and the blood orange keeps it just that little bit warming. In Summer it will be great with grapefruit or lemon, and maybe even some mint…we’ll just have to test a couple out to check!
You should be able to get coconut water from supermarkets – I used a can from the local corner shop, and Vita Coco is available in large cartons. Alternatively, you can use soda water, lemonade or just fizzy water.
Also, I hope you like my 80s Copacabna style glass decoration.

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You’ll need:

Per cocktail-
1 measure gin
Juice of a blood orange
4 strawberries, hulled and chopped into pieces
1 tbsp caster sugar
Coconut water
Loads of ice

Start by putting your strawberries into a saucepan and sprinkling with the sugar. Over a medium heat, stir so the sugar completely covers the fruit, and leave to break down for about 4-5 minutes, occasionally stirring so they don’t stick. Mash with the back of a spoon or fork, and when you have a jammy consistency, remove from the heat and leave to cool. Pass the cooled mixture through a sieve.
Put your ice into a tall glass and pour over your gin. Juice your blood orange directly into the glass, using a sieve if you don’t like the pulp. Add your Strawberry juice and mix. Top up with the coconut water, and enjoy.

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