Strawberry Youth

Strawberry Youth cocktail by Grant Sceney. Photo courtesy of the Fairmont Pacific Rim

This fresh, floral and delightfully fizzy patio sipper was created by Grant Sceney, creative beverage director at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Its name refers to a line in the Jeffree Star song Beauty Killer: “I got a sweet tooth and strawberry youth.”

• 3 strawberries, divided

• 1 oz Botanist Gin

• 0.75 oz Youth Cordial (see recipe below)

• 0.75 oz lemon juice

• 2.5 oz  Champagne or other sparkling wine

Trim leaves off 2 strawberries, then muddle berries in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, cordial, lemon juice and ice. Shake hard. Pour Champagne into a Collins glass and add ice. Slowly double-strain cocktail over top. Garnish with remaining strawberry. Serves 1.

Youth cordial

Note that you will need an electronic scale for this.

• 500 g rhubarb, fresh or frozen, cut into chunks

• 450 g granulated sugar

• 2 cups water

• 5 tsp chamomile tea (loose leaf or bagged)

• 1 tsp citric acid (or juice from one lemon)

Combine rhubarb, sugar and water in a pot and put on medium heat to simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until rhubarb is soft. Stir often.

Remove from heat. Stir in the chamomile and citric acid and steep for 3 minutes.

Pour through a strainer into a clean glass container such as a large Mason jar. Seal, date and refrigerate container. Cordial will last up to 4 weeks, chilled. Makes about 2 cups.

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