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Cheers to mom

Cheers to mom

Celebrate your mother with this delicious frozen treat, made with strawberries and gin.

Strawberry fields forever

Everyone loves this delicious summer fruit! Make dessert festive with this strawberry granita cocktail. Strawberries plus gin plus pepper equals a refreshing and delicious granita. Right before serving, top with apple-brandy-and-thyme-marinated strawberries. It’s the perfect surprise ending to any Mother’s Day dinner!

Strawberry granita cocktail

Preparation: 30 minutes
Resting: 4 to 6 hours
Cooking: 5 minutes
Cost per serving: about $3.75
4 to 8 servings

Granita
335 mL (1 1/3 cups) water
170 mL (2/3 cup) white sugar
750 mL (3 cups) cored strawberries
10 mL (2 tsp) liquid vanilla
5 mL (1 tsp) ground pepper
30 mL (2 tbsp) lemon juice
60 mL (2 oz) dry gin

Toppings
250 mL (1 cup) thinly sliced strawberries marinated in 30 mL (1 oz) apple brandy
Thyme sprigs
Lemon zest

1. Bring water and white sugar to a boil in order to make syrup. Place strawberries in a large bowl, pour syrup overtop, and leave to cool. 2. Add vanilla, pepper, lemon juice and dry gin, and blend in a food processor until the mixture is smooth. 3. Pour the mixture into a 23 m x 23 cm (9 in x 9 in) mould and place in freezer for 2 hours. Using a fork, scratch surface of mix every 30 minutes, until well crystalized (roughly 4 to 5 hours). 4. Serve in small, chilled bowls and garnish with brandy-marinated strawberries. Once frozen, granita keeps for roughly one month in a sealed container.

Ideas

This summer, why not try serving your strawberries Romanoff-style (with Chantilly cream and citrus or orange liqueur), as a gazpacho (with mint or basil), or in a clafoutis? You could even toss them in a salad with duck magret or feta. Freshness is on the horizon!

What to put in this dessert?

We recommend using KM12, a Quebec-made gin from Lac-Saint-Jean. This gin captures boreal floral notes of pine and wild plants and flowers that go well with Quebec strawberries. To marinate the strawberries, we opted for a brandy made in the Lower Laurentians. Produced using the traditional French Calvados method, Georges-Étienne Domaine Lafrance apple brandy is aged in oak barrels. It’s delicious served straight-up – this is where its delicate notes of baked apple, vanilla and pastry really shine.

Distillerie du Fjord Km12

$46.50

Distillerie du Fjord Km12

Dry gin750 mlCanada
Distillerie du Fjord Km12

Distillerie du Fjord Km12

$46.50

Dry gin750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13394918
Domaine Lafrance Georges-Étienne 3 ans Apple Brandy

$45.25

Domaine Lafrance Georges-Étienne 3 ans Apple Brandy

Apple brandy500 mlCanada
Domaine Lafrance Georges-Étienne 3 ans Apple Brandy

Domaine Lafrance Georges-Étienne 3 ans Apple Brandy

$45.25

Apple brandy500 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13333322

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Photographe: David De Stefano

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