Strawberry Gin Spritzer

This low-alcohol spritzer is just the thing to imbibe on a hot summer's day. Gentian liqueurs are made from the roots of gentian, a blue-petaled wildflower that grows throughout the Alps. This recipe makes about 1 cup of syrup but you'll only need 1 Tbsp. to make each drink—try a splash in seltzer for a DIY craft soda.

Strawberry Gin Spritzer
Photo: Leigh Beisch
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


Strawberry Syrup

  • 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped strawberries

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup water


  • 1 ounce gin

  • 1 ounce bitter gentian liqueur, such as Suze or Salers

  • ½ ounce lemon juice

  • 2 strawberries, thinly sliced, plus 1 whole strawberry for garnish

  • Club soda

  • Lemon twist & mint sprig for garnish


  1. To prepare strawberry syrup: Combine strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries have broken down, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and mash any large pieces with a fork. Set aside to cool, about 10 minutes.

  2. Strain the strawberry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.

  3. To prepare cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add gin, gentian liqueur, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the syrup. Shake until frosty, about 10 seconds.

  4. Strain the cocktail into an ice-filled rocks glass. Add sliced strawberries and top with club soda. Garnish with a whole strawberry, lemon twist and mint sprig, if desired.

To make ahead:

Refrigerate syrup (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 week.


Cocktail shaker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

161 Calories
18g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 161
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Sodium 14mg 1%
Potassium 83mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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