Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Gin Cocktails

Fresh Strawberry

“The current mainstream of Japanese cocktail making is to combine the spirits with fresh ingredients, rather than using liqueur or flavored syrup” says barman Naofumi Yokoyama of his two-and-a-half-year-old Bar Entrust, the Third Place in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood. He offers a concise collection of cocktails built from pristine seasonal fruit, like this cocktail made with fresh strawberries.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Secret to Neo-Japanese Bartending Is Fresh Fruit.”


  • 3 Fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 oz Gin, vodka, rum or tequila
  • 3/4 oz Strawberry liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Cranberry juice
  • 1/4 oz Fresh lime juice
  • Garnish: Strawberry slice


  1. In a shaker, muddle the strawberries to release juice.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients with ice and shake.

  3. Strain into a coupe or Nick & Nora glass.

  4. Garnish with a strawberry slice (optional).