Cocktail of the Week: The Pinkerton



As the Bun was rummaging through the refrigerator the other day he said, “Hey, we still have mint – we should make Southsides before it goes bad.” I immediately thought that it was time for a new application for the mint and a new cocktail for SW.

As a kid, I loved Country Time pink lemonade – the pink, specifically. No triangle jokes, please. I learned well after my thirsty childhood that the pink powder really bore no difference in taste to the regular yellow stuff and discovered that good pink lemonade is made with the addition of real raspberry or strawberry. I don’t think I have ever made good pink lemonade of the child-friendly variety, so I decided to go ahead with my adult version, which would use the innocuous flavor of vodka to enhance the pleasure of its refreshment. With the judicious addition of fresh mint, I think that this one sealed the deal as a summer-time keeper. The name is a product of my own fit of whimsy, based on the color, so don’t go ordering this libation at the local dive, unless you plan to bring your own strawberries and guide the bartender through the blending process. Do, however, invite your friends over for this one. Be ready to make a second batch.*

In a blender, combine:
5-7 whole strawberries
1 cup of vodka
(I use Skyy)
1-2 sprigs of mint, leaves only
1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup, or to taste

Cover and blend this all together until the strawberries and mint are completely puree-d. Strain through a fine strainer and into a small serving pitcher, stirring the pulp of the fruit around until all of the liquid is through the strainer. To serve, pour into rocks or short glasses filled with ice, evenly distributing amongst four glasses. Top off each glass with club soda and stir gently, adding a mint leaf for garnish, if desired.

*Dear friends Keith and Mario enjoyed a few rounds of this cocktail with us during the Market Days weekend and we quickly found that one round may have been enough! Check out Keith’s shout out to SW on his blog, but be warned, he’s hilarious, but not for the faint-hearted!


23 thoughts on “Cocktail of the Week: The Pinkerton

  1. Arez says:

    This cocktail sounds very refreshing for the summer. Will have to try it out!

  2. TheFatGirlBlogs says:

    That looks wonderful!

  3. […] system happy!  And you know what I want?  What would taste OH SO GOOD?  THIS!  It’s healthy – there’s fresh fruit in it!  I think 2 or 3 blenderfuls of […]

  4. apocalypsecakes says:

    Love this pic. It’s 106 degrees where i am and i want that drink now.

  5. gazena says:

    This cocktail sounds very refreshing for the summer.thanx .

  6. rootietoot says:

    I’ve made this with frozen strawberries, as a kind of slushy. Yum!

  7. danablickensderfer says:

    Looks tasty!!

  8. Casey says:

    Yum! I am going to try it with Bacardi Dragonberry instead of the vodka I think 🙂

  9. Ishmael says:

    Yummers! Awesome post, and awesome blog. I can’t wait until the next entry! Keep ’em coming!

  10. Irene Suwarno says:

    Nice picture and nice drinks! But the picture looks more like tomato puree rather than strawberry 🙂

  11. Eveline says:

    omg, that looks just delicious.

  12. sapnaanu says:

    Gret ,will try it and let you know

  13. ravi says:

    see my website and give me ideas how to custamize it.

    i want to be your friend..

  14. Dan Bowen says:

    I have a friend who’s last name is Pinkerton. I refuse to drink my friend, it would be cannibalic.

  15. haberler says:

    very nice Cocktail for summer days. Thanks

  16. twenteasumthing says:

    i can’t wait to try it!!! thanks!

  17. Adam Dustus says:

    sounds like a tasty treat 🙂 Today is the perfect day to try something new.

    • fignatius says:

      Agreed, Adam! Friday cocktail hour! Will post a new one this weekend for you to try. Rainy and cold in Chicago, so it might be something a little autumnal this time.

  18. mplscitified says:

    Sounds delicious. Try substituting fresh basil for the mint. Basil is sublime with the strawberries.

  19. Ahhhh. The Pinkerton. Looks like a delicious beverage. The mint must give it a lovely, complex flavor!

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