There’s nothing better than fresh produce from the Bench, and strawberry season is among the best. Let’s take advantage and make a fresh cocktail for those warm summer days in wine country!


5oz Tawse Dry Gin
1/4 cup of honey
1 pint of Strawberries [de-stemmed,
halved, & sprinkled with 1 tbsp sugar] 4-6 fresh Basil leaves
Juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 cups of ice

Dark chocolate, shaved
Whipped Cream
Strawberry half + Basil leaf
Serves 4~


Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass leaving a 1/4 inch of space at the top. Add a thin layer of whipped cream to cover the surface area of the drink, then spoon on your dark chocolate flakes to mimic the look of garden dirt. Add your garnish decorations and presto, you have your own little strawberry patch!

The best part of this recipe is you can fix some of the ingredient measurements to your liking. If you would love a cold, fruity drink in the summer but don’t like anything too sweet, omit the sugar on the strawberries! If you enjoy a boozy cocktail, add an extra ounce of Gin. Freeze your strawberries beforehand for an extra icy treat. Don’t have dark chocolate around? Crushed up Oreo cookie makes for great β€˜dirt’ as well.