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
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
250 mL (1 cup) thinly sliced strawberries marinated in 30 mL (1 oz) apple brandy
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.
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.
Domaine Lafrance Georges-Étienne 3 ans Apple Brandy
$45.25Apple brandy500 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13333322
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Photographe: David De Stefano