This post is part of Cocktail Culture’s Drinks of Summer series, in which we will feature light & refreshing warm-weather cocktails.
Is there any flavor that says “summer” quite like strawberry? Not for me. I love using fresh strawberries in my cocktails—especially with gin. It’s light, it’s sweet, a little bit tart, it’s summertime perfection.
The Bloodhound cocktail, is an easy-breezy drink that employs three bar staples: dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, and gin. Throw in some fresh strawberries when you have them on hand and you’ve got yourself one fine drink. I found this little lovely while thumbing through The Savoy Cocktail Book, then immediately checked out Underhill Lounge to see if Eric Ellestad had covered it yet. Sure enough, he did, and the recipe I include below is actually adapted from his modernized take on it. Enjoy!
The Bloodhound Cocktail
¾ oz. Dry Vermouth (Dolin)
¾ oz. Sweet Vermouth (Martini & Rossi)
1 ½ oz. Beefeater Gin
2-3 crushed strawberries
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.