Strawberry Lemon Smash

serves 1


4-5 fresh strawberries, diced

2  lemon wedges 

2 oz lemon simple syrup

Friends White or Chardonnay

Plain sparkling water or seltzer


Garnish: strawberry and lemon wheels


Squeeze the juice from the lemon wedges into the bottom of a stemless wineglass, mason jar or tumbler. Add the diced strawberries to the lemon juice and muddle (crush) them thoroughly. 

Pour in the simple syrup and stir to combine. Add ice to the glass, then fill with equal parts white wine and seltzer.  Stir to combine, then garnish with a strawberry and lemon wheels. 

Note: Fresh Lemon Simple Syrup  It’s easy to make your own simple syrup – just combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves and liquid becomes clear. Then increase the heat to a heavy simmer and cook for two to three minutes and allow to cool. Flavor your syrup with lemon by adding a few lemon wheels (seeds removed) while the syrup is cooking and then straining them out once it’s cool.   If you don’t want to make your own syrup, you can purchase lemon simple syrup online or at most specialty beverage retailers.