Black Pepper and Strawberry Sipper

In just a few ingredients, you could be enjoying a glass of this strawberry sipper made with tequila, lime and a black pepper simple syrup for a subtle zing.

You can find us drinking this easy tequila cocktail all berry season long. We muddled together a seemingly basic lime and strawberry drink, but spruced things up with a homemade black pepper simple syrup. It’s a breeze to make and it’s not too spicy. Black peppercorns add just the right amount of zing that will subtly hit at the end of each sip.

For this tequila cocktail, we used a new-to-us and reasonably-priced tequila, Suerte Blanco. With four different bottles ranging from Blanco to Extra Añejo, Suerte makes their single-estate tequila by slow–roasting and crushing agave in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. All of their bottles are 100% tahona, which means each roasted piña is slowly crushed under large stones to release its juices, rather than being hastily shredded. This process is best for releasing all the flavors of agave before it goes on to fermentation. Their team is made up of friends, with two based in Boulder, CO and the master distiller on sight in Jalisco. Why the rabbit on the bottle? Each Suerte glass is printed with the tale of tequila and an observant farmer’s wife who noticed a rabbited getting tipsy as it nibbled on an fermenting agave. And the rest is history. Delicious, sip-able history.

With its refreshing, bright notes, lighter hue, two months of stainless steel aging and citrus zest aromas, we chose to use their Blanco to make this fruity cocktail. We have also made this drink with the Reposado and it is just as delightful with the warmer flavored tequila.

Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post, however we did receive a bottle of Suerte to make this cocktail.

Black Pepper and Strawberry Sipper
 
Serves: Makes 2 drinks
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Suerte Blanco Tequila
  • 2 ounces Black Pepper Simple Syrup
  • 1 to 2 ounces Lime Juice (depending on how tart your berries are)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of cracked black pepper, for garnish
  • 2 lime wedges or strawberry slices, for garnish
Black Pepper Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons black peppercorns
Instructions
  1. In a shaker or jar with a lid, muddle the strawberries with the tequila, syrup, lime juice and pinch of salt.
  2. Shake with ice until cold. Taste and adjust lime juice and simple syrup to your taste preference.
  3. Strain into a glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with a few peppercorns from the syrup, a pinch of cracked black pepper and strawberry/lime slices. Cheers!
Notes
Adjust your lime juice and simple syrup amounts based on how sweet or tart your strawberries are.

 

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