Red Butterfly, summer time is strawberry time and cocktail time
From about May to August is for many fruits the really perfect time, especially strawberries ripen in the summer months. Many use them for cakes, desserts, shakes – or for one or the other alcoholic drink. In my contribution today I would like to introduce the Red Butterfly Gin Cocktail. This is a very fruity, summery sweet composition of strawberries, limes and gin. The Gin Cocktail is rounded off with a price of spicy (freshly ground) pepper.
Which gin and which tonic water is used for this cocktail?
Basically it should be said in advance that the Red Butterfly can be prepared with different spirits. Vodka and gin in particular are mostly used for cocktails, but since this is a ginblog, I will of course discuss the variant with the gin. The best way to choose the right gin is to consider the different components.
The gin cocktail is mixed with the Thomas Henry Cherry Blossom Tonic Water. This Tonic Water is characterized by a very floral note, it hardly tastes bitter, rather the cherry aroma in the foreground. Since the strawberries are also very fruity, you should use a rather less obtrusive gin for this rather special tonic water from Berlin. A recommendation is for example the Bombay Sapphire Gin. Basically, the gin should not have too strong a taste of its own, otherwise the gin cocktail is simply quickly overloaded. A suitable gin would be, however, also Gin, which itself carries a citrus note . The Thomas Henry Cherry Blossom Tonic Water is really unique in its kind, both in terms of color and taste. So the resulting Gin Cocktail Red Butterfly quickly becomes something very special, it’s really worth experimenting here!
How do you make a really good Red Butterfly?
Red Butterfly Gin Cocktail
- 3 cl freshly pureed strawberries
- 3 – 4 cl Gin
- Thomas Henry Cherry Blossom Tonic (or another very fruity sweet tonic water)
- 1 cl freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 pinch of pepper
- ice cubes
- For decoration a strawberry with green and/or a slice of lime
How to make a Red Butterfly?
- First, the glasses for the gin cocktail should be well cooled. This can be done in the freezer, in a freezer or in a glass with ice cubes. This gin cocktail definitely looks the noblest in a champagne bowl.
- After you have washed the strawberries (in the best case the ones you picked yourself!) you can start to crush them to make the strawberry puree. This works best in a cocktail shaker using a pestle.
- Then add the freshly squeezed lime juice, the Cherry Blossom Tonic Water and the gin to the strawberry puree in the cocktail shaker. Everything is then shaken thoroughly for about 30 seconds, so that the components mix.
- The finished cocktail is then strained twice into a glass previously filled with ice cubes. Double straining means that you use a bar strainer as well as a finer sieve to strain the cocktail.
- The finished cocktail is then garnished with a pinch of pepper. The pepper gives the strawberries a special taste. If you like, you can also garnish the glass with a strawberry, a slice of lime or a few lime zests.
- And the finished Gin Cocktail Red Butterfly can be served.