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With the heat of summer upon us, nothing says cool down like a well-made Daiquiri. A strawberry shrub adds sweet acidity to the garden-fresh cocktail, and the fruit’s tops plus cucumber contribute green vegetal notes. For a different drinking experience, switch up the brands of white rum you use.

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Serves | 1 |

Strawberry Top Shrub (Yields approximately 16 oz)

  • 1 lb strawberries with tops, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 oz water
  • 4 oz white wine vinegar

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  • 1 oz Banks 5 Island Rum
  • ¾ oz Duckett Blue Rum
  • ¾ oz strawberry top shrub (recipe follows)
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 slices cucumber, cut ¼-inch thick
  • 1 pinch salt

| Preparation – Strawberry Top Shrub | In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add all ingredients; stirring constantly, bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer, stirring constantly, 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, strain and bottle. Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

| Preparation – Avant Gardener | In a shaker tin, add all ingredients; shake until combined. Double strain liquid into a 12-ounce rocks glass with crushed or pebble ice. Garnish with cucumber peel and pickled strawberry, if desired.

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