Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 9 – Santa’s Strawberry Helper.
Guys, you know what’s not fun? Making a series of cocktails when you’re hungover. That was my day yesterday. The lack of editorial calendar is catching up with me and I had to wake up the morning after my book club Christmas party and get back in the saddle, while still reeling from the cruel reality that alcohol is a two-faced friend.
I had wanted to shoot five cocktails but I wasn’t exactly feeling my best and only managed to produce three. A midday nap was a requirement.
I’m at the age where any more than two cocktails will really affect my quality of sleep. I’ll wake up a few hours in and be the temperature of the surface of the Sun. I’ll toss and turn until I find a creative new position to try to fall asleep in.
Yesterday morning I woke up with both my arms pinned under my chest and panicked as I thought, “WHO is groping me?!”
And then realized, to my disappointment, that they were my own hands that had gone completely numb beneath me. I should stick to sleeping on my back to avoid the stress of waking up to stranger danger, from my own dead limbs.
In good news, in spite of the hangover and the temporary loss of feeling in my arms, I did manage to dig out the nutcracker collection of lore. Succumbing to much peer pressure, I’ve featured two of them alongside this sophisticated cocktail.
This is what the fashion bloggers call the “high-low method.” The drink really is upmarket and easily one of my personal favourites from this year’s calendar thus far. The nutcrackers are from more humble beginnings, but definitely still favourites of mine!
Made with muddled strawberry, London dry gin, a splash of yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, and the ever-popular St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur – this tipple is equal parts pretty and tasty.
Santa's Strawberry Helper is a sophisticated sipper. It is a combination of muddled strawberry, elderflower liqueur, gin, yellow chartreuse and lemon.
In a shaker, gentle muddle the strawberry. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Double-strain into a coupe. Garnish with the strawberry.
Recipe slightly adapted from: Kaplan, David et al. “Muddled Mission.” Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2014.