Strawberry-Lime Rum & Tonics

Being able to make a good cocktail is one of the most lucrative skills out there, in my opinion. It’s really similar to cooking in a lot of ways—you take what you have, and you throw it together in a way that you think will make people happy. More often than not, if you have a general idea of what you’re doing, you’ll be successful. This recipe was one such success. I can’t wait to make and share more cocktail recipes here!

These ruby-red beauties came about a couple days after I went strawberry picking with my mom, dad, and Kyle. Kyle was hesitant at first, but once we got him out in the fields, he was dead-set on finding the reddest, sweetest, most picture-perfect strawberries. We ended up with a ton of berries (enough to make these cocktails, a galette, some strawberry simple syrup, and 21 jars of freezer jam!) and used every single one. If you’ve never been berry picking before, I highly recommend it. It’s fun, physical, and oh-so-rewarding, especially when you have a good cocktail recipe like this one in your back pocket for when you get home. 😉

I believe that the best cocktails are simple ones. I don’t like fussing with more than 4 or 5 ingredients in my drinks, because usually, when I need a drink, I need a drink and I need it now. So fear not! These cocktails require only a few basic ingredients, and they take just a couple minutes to throw together. So before you know it, you can be living your best life and sipping some sweet drinks on a patio.

And, as with any FW recipe, I encourage you to work with what you’ve got. Only have tequila? Make these into strawberry margs. Recently went blueberry picking? Muddle those instead! Got some extra mint or basil lying around? Muddle that too! The best part of both cooking and mixology is that the world is your oyster. So get in your kitchen, set up shop, and get to mixing! What’s your favorite summer drink?

Strawberry-Lime Rum & Tonics

Prep Time: 5 mins   |   Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 8–10 medium strawberries, hulled
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces white rum (I used Bacardi)
  • 1 tsp sugar, or more or less to taste
  • Tonic water
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a tall glass, muddle the strawberries until they’ve yielded all of their juices. Fill the glass with ice, then add lime juice, rum, and sugar.
  2. Shake using a cocktail shaker for 30 seconds, or until the shaker and glass are frosty.
  3. Strain over fresh ice into two lowball glasses, then top off with tonic water. Garnish with lime wheels and/or extra strawberries.

Notes

  • If you have a cocktail shaker set, great. If not, that’s okay! You can easily make these with tools you already have. The end of a wooden spoon works great as a muddler. You can shake a cocktail in almost any sealed container, like a mason jar, travel mug, reusable water bottle, or even a clean milk jug!

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