Spring in a Glass: Ginger & Tequila


We call this the “Fresa Smash” at Centro Cocina Mexicana in Sacramento, CA. Now, you can be your own mixologist and enjoy this gem at home!

Fresa Smash
Author: Joel York
Recipe type: cocktail, liquor, syrup


For Ginger Syrup:

  • 1 cup diced fresh ginger

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

To Turn that into a Julep

  • 2 oz. reposado tequila

  • ½ oz. ginger syrup

  • 7 mint leaves

To make a Smash

  • (increase simple syrup to ¾ oz)

  • ¾ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 strawberry, hulled and quartered

To make a Buck

  • Soda Water


For Ginger Syrup:

  1. Press Ginger with muddler.

  2. Add all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

  3. Remove from heat and allow to steep 30 minutes.

  4. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.

To turn that into a Julep:

  1. Pour tequila and ginger syrup into cocktail glass.

  2. Add & muddle mint.

  3. Add crushed ice and swizzle.

To make a Smash:

  1. Increase simple syrup to ¾ oz.

  2. Add lemon juice.

  3. Add and muddle strawberry

  4. Add crushed ice and swizzle.

Add to make a Buck

  1. Top with chilled soda water over ice into a highball glass.


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