Everybody loves strawberries, to eat or even to drink. And their appeal in cocktails goes beyond the ever-popular strawberry margarita.
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Prospect sources strawberries from Dirty Girl Farms, a 40-acre, certified organic farm near the town of Santa Cruz, for several of its dishes. In fact, it was the restaurant’s chef who reached out to see if Affrunti might like some too.
Affrunti experiments with other seasonal ingredients and spirits to come up with strawberry-based cocktails.
“With a strawberry margarita, drinkers may have only one thing on their mind, but we want to balance the sweetness out a little by using simple syrup instead of triple sec, and giving it a bit of spice.”
The Road to Rosarito is the result: a crisp, clean, approachable drink that packs just the slightest punch, thanks to the spice adorning the rim.
Road to Rosarito
Courtesy Davin Affrunti, Prospect, San Francisco
For the garnish:
Ground dehydrated strawberries
Tajín chili (a seasoning from Mexico comprised traditionally of Mexican chilies, salt and lime)
For the cocktail:
2 ounces 100% agave silver (blanco) tequila
½ ounce simple syrup
1 ounce fresh strawberry juice (preferably from Dirty Girl strawberries)
1 fresh strawberry
1. Blend equal parts crushed and ground dehydrated strawberry, salt, sugar and Tajín chili. Wet the rim of a rock or old-fashioned glass and dip into the chili-salt-strawberry mix.
2. Shake and double-strain the tequila, simple syrup and strawberry juice into the glass.
3. Add a strawberry for garnish on the rim.
Top photo: Road to Rosarito cocktail. Credit: Courtesy of Prospect restaurant