Strawberry Gin Daisy or Daiquiri?

Ok, It’s a Daisy, not a Daiquiri

I created the Strawberry Gin Daiquiri for a cocktail festival last fall. The event organizers decided that the theme should be Cuba in the 1950’s. Great idea. Except that I was working with a gin distillery at the time. Cuba in the 1950’s doesn’t lend itself to working with gin. So, I cheated. I made a Strawberry Daiquiri with Gin. Which is a Strawberry Gin Daisy.

The funny thing was the number of people who were all – ‘Ewww, Strawberry Daiquiri. Gross.’ And then they tasted it. And they were all like. ‘OMG. Wow. That’s good.’ I wonder what the reaction would have been if we called it a Daisy.

Description of the Item

This drink has a few components you’ll have to make. The vanilla and lavender syrup is pretty straightforward. The bitters will take a couple of months to infuse. The strawberry gin needs three days to infuse. So plan ahead.

Flavor Description

  • Tart
  • Fruity
  • Herbal

This drink has a lot going on. The typical sweet tart sour balance is at work here. Vanilla and lavender highlights the floral and botanical notes in the gin. The strawberry bitters ground everything with some funky herbal notes.

Strawberry Gin Daisy


  • 1 oz gin
  • ½ oz Cointreau
  • ½ oz strawberry bitters
  • 1 oz vanilla & lavender syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice


  1. Rim a chilled coupe glass in vanilla lavender syrup and lavender sugar.
  2. Pour gin, Cointreau, syrup strawberry bitters and lime juice into a shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously for 10 - 15 seconds.
  4. Strain into prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with a fresh lavender sprig.


Look for a modern style gin with more restrained juniper notes.



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