My first garden party of the summer was in aid of a good friend’s thirtieth birthday party and had a ’round the world’ theme (i went as Willy Fogg by the way and came second in the fancy dress contest – thanks Mr and Mrs Cooke!).
I was asked if I could provide one or two drinks for the occasion that could be easily scaled up and served to a group of around forty people. Happy to oblige I combined a classic Barbadian rhyme* and some typically English ingredients to create a summer punch which was duly christened ‘Strawberry Fields’.
I made this in litre-jug sized batches, but the proportions below will work just as well glass by glass:
- Muddle a few leaves of mint and one strawberry (per serving) in the bottom of a mixing glass.
- Add four parts cold Earl Grey tea, three parts gin, two parts strawberry syrup and one part freshly squeezed lime juice.
- Add ice and stir well.
- Strain into a highball glass and garnish with a strawberry.