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Local Strawberry, Basil and Gin Cocktail
Local Strawberry, Basil and Gin Cocktail

Strawberry picking has always been one of my favourite activities to do at the beginning of each summer; there's something so sweet and sincere about heading out into a field on a scorching hot day to pick fresh strawberries, and of course, devouring a few pints in the process. I ventured out to Josmar Acres in Lynden this past weekend and I couldn't resist creating a refreshing cocktail with my gorgeous little bounty.


  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and hot water)
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz gin (we used Tanqueray, but choose your preference)
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  • soda
  • ice cubes

1.  Slice strawberries and place in bottom of cocktail shaker.
2. Add simple syrup and lemon juice to shaker and muddle all together.
3. Add gin and top with ice. Shake until chilled.
4. Gently muddle basil leaves in a rocks glass. (Gently muddling will release the natural oils without bruising the basil.)
5. Fill rocks glass with ice and double strain cocktail into glass. (Use a cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer.)
6. Top with soda. Finish by garnishing with more basil and half a strawberry. Enjoy!


WORDS and photography BY HEATHER PEAT

Blood Orange, Rosemary + Honey Soda
Blood Orange Honey Soda
A couple years ago I got a Soda Stream for my birthday. I wasn’t convinced at the time that I would use it much. But now I really do love having it. As a healthier alternative, I make my own syrups with freshly squeezed fruit juice and herbs. On this gorgeous spring day I was sitting down to read the new issue of Porter when I felt like having a bubbly drink. I combined the flavours of blood orange, rosemary and honey to make this fresh sparkling soda. The recipe is below. Cheers!



  • 1 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (approximately 3-4 blood oranges)

  • 4 tablespoons honey rosemary simple syrup (you can adjust this to your taste)

  • ice cubes

  • sparkling water

Honey-Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup honey

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary (you can substitute with thyme as well!)

1. Bring the water and honey to a boil in a saucepan. Add three sprigs of rosemary. Thyme is a lovely substitute as well! Set aside to cool on the stove for fifteen minutes and then discard the rosemary.

2. In a pitcher, combine the blood orange juice and sparkling water. Add the simple syrup to taste. You may prefer it sweeter or not. Poor over ice into glasses and garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig. Enjoy!