The Story Behind The Bitter Strawberry Spritz

My local farmers market is fully stocked with fresh-picked strawberries, so I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of berry cocktails. This riff on a spritz features fresh strawberry simple syrup, gin, and bubbly soda water, plus a dash of Peychaud’s bitters for balance. It’s a tasty, low-proof summer drink.


  • 1 ounce of gin
  • ¾ ounce of strawberry simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • ½ ounce of lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 ounces of soda water
  • 5 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
  • Strawberry and lemon peel for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine gin, strawberry simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake to combine, and strain into a cocktail glass or Champagne flute.
  3. Top with soda water, and then layer bitters on top.
  4. Garnish with lemon peel and strawberry.

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Updated: 2019-05-30

Strawberry Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar

Strawberry Simple Syrup Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cool and then strain out solids.
  4. Store syrup, covered, in your refrigerator for up to one week.
The Bitter Strawberry Spritz Recipe