As my beautiful partner in crime has written about strawberries and how wonderful they taste this time of year, I have followed with some delicious strawberry-infused cocktails that can also be offered as a non-alcoholic option.

In the arena of cocktails, strawberries are synonymous with frozen drinks, i.e. daiquiris, margaritas, or even pina coladas, as well as their virgin forms.

The trend over the past years has been to take the art of mixology to new levels. I have never seen such creativity within the cocktail industry like I have seen in the last six years. Welcome to the stage, “The Smash.” Originally, according to The Savoy Cocktail Book printed in the 1930s, the Smash consisted of “mint, lump of sugar, ice, and the spirit of your choice” and was considered a simple julep. As with most juleps, the Smash can be made with all kinds of fruit and the choice of your spirit: gin, rum, whiskey, brandy, or a ginger sprite. Yes, you read that correctly, ginger sprite.

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After 18 years working in the food and beverage industries of Chicago and San Francisco, Angela and Carolyn started a private chef and catering company, Life’s a Feast, in the tri-state area. They embrace their passion of cooking, entertaining, and creating one-of-a-kind experiences for their clients. Carolyn and Angela now share their passion with viewers on their cable show Life’s a Feast, available on Mediacom and their YouTube channel, Life’s a Feast LLC. Both share their expertise on food and wine on our website, their website, as well as their Facebook page. Recipes and photos are the copyrighted and intellectual property of Life’s a Feast, LLC.


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