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So it seems like I’ve been on quite the strawberry kick recently. Today I’m going to show you how to make the Strawberry Letter 22, a carbonated cocktail that tastes like a strawberry root beer soda. Let me start by saying that I am actually not a big fan of root beer; however, I am completely in love with this drink. The Strawberry Letter 22 gets its root beer flavor from Root Liqueur. This organic liqueur is made of birch bark, smoked black tea, sugarcane, orange and lemon peel, sassafras and a number of other bold spices. The flavor is crisp, clean and so delicious. Seriously blows your average root beer out of the water. Pair this liqueur with strawberry puree, rum, lime juice and simple syrup to make a refreshing summer cocktail.
I used the ISI Twist ‘n Sparkle to carbonate this drink; however, any home carbonation system would work. I would recommend making 4 – 5 of these beverages at a time to get the most out of one CO2 cartridge. If you don’t have a soda maker at home; you can still enjoy this drink uncarbonated. Continue reading for the recipe (and video of the Twist ‘n Sparkle in action).
Strawberry Letter 22
- 2 oz. white rum
- 1 oz. strawberry puree (recipe below)
- 3/4 oz. root liqueur
- 1/2 oz. lime juice
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup (recipe below)
- Special equipment: ISI Twist ‘n Sparkle (or other home soda maker)
- Pour white rum, strawberry puree, root liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup into cocktail shaker, stirring to combine. If you are going to carbonate the drink, cap your shaker and place in the refrigerator. The liquids should be chilled before adding to the Twist ‘n Sparkle. Once chilled, pour the liquids in to the Twist ‘n Sparkle and carbonate. Transfer the carbonated cocktail to a short glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
- If you don’t want to carbonate this drink, add ice to your shaker, cap and shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a short glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
To make strawberry puree:
- Give 1 pound (ish) of strawberries a good rinse. Do not dry. Hull and half the strawberries. Quarter any extra large strawberries. Add strawberries to a large skillet and warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until strawberries start to soften and release juices. Remove from heat and transfer to a small food processor. Add a dab of water and process until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine mesh basket strainer into a clean bowl (you can use a spatula here to help press the liquids through strainer). Discard the solids. Let cool before using.
To make simple syrup:
- Warm equal parts white sugar and water over medium heat (I usually do 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water), stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil, bubble for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Let cool before using.