Monday, August 13, 2012

Berry Gin Fizz

Third year committee meeting finished?  Check.  PhD thesis project complete?  Not even close...  Celebratory drink to mark the end of my third year of grad school?  Of course!

This fruity gin concoction is sweet, refreshing, and perfect for summer evenings and special occasions... for example, birthdays!  (Happy birthday, Gip!  Here's my take on your "Gin + juice")

Even gin-haters will gobble down this drink; the gin here is as subtle and restrained as the berries are exuberant.  While gin tastes like Christmas trees in your mouth (in the best way), this drink is pure (boozy) summer-in-a-glass.  So whip up a pitcher, sit on a porch somewhere, and sip away the summer with your friends by your side, and one of these in your hand.  Cheers!

Berry Gin Fizz
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Total Recipe Cost: $1.58 per drink!

Of course fresh berries probably taste better, but the added bonus of the frozen mix here (besides cost) is that you can make one of these any time...  You might also be pleased to know that even with medium-to-low shelf alcohol, this tastes delicious!

1/4 cup frozen berries (I used a mix of black-, blue-, rasp-, and strawberries.)
2 tablespoons sugar
3 oz gin (1.5 shots)
2 tablespoons lime juice (from 1 small lime)
club soda

Add the frozen berries to a tall glass and allow them to thaw.  Add sugar, then use the back of a fork to smash the berries into a coarse puree.  Add the gin and lime juice.  Top off with club soda, as desired (I used ~6 T).  Add ice, stir to combine, and garnish with a lime slice.  Enjoy!

Unit Cost
Total Cost
¼ C frozen berries
$0.33/oz (~$2.00/C)
2 T sugar
3 oz gin (1.5 shots)
1/4 cup lime juice
Club soda



  1. I love your tribute to summer, very poetically written! Oh, and congrats on finishing thrid year!!! ;)

  2. Thanks Linds! You'll have to come over for the next girly movie night so I can make one of these for you! :)