Strawberry Grapefruit Smash

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15 min


20 min



Strawberry Grapefruit Smash

Produced by Stephanie Han Kim. Cocktail photo, Christie Vuong. Food Styling, Ryan Barclay. Prop styling, Catherine Doherty.

This sweet-and-tart gin cocktail is the perfect toast to fresh, peak-season strawberries


  • 227 g strawberries , hulled and chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 tbsp honey , or granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Aperol
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • ice cubes
  • sliced strawberries , for garnish
  • grapefruit , wedges for garnish
  • strawberry flavoured sparkling water , such as Bubly


  1. Mash chopped strawberries in a bowl until coarsely pureed. Stir in honey, grapefruit juice and lemon juice. Let stand 5 min.
  2. Strain mixture through a fine strainer into a large cup. Use the back of a spoon to press on pulp, extracting as much liquid as possible. Discard or reserve pulp for another use. Stir Aperol and gin into the same cup.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses filled halfway with ice, then top with flavoured sparkling water. Garnish with sliced strawberries and grapefruit wedges.

Kitchen Tip:

Spread the leftover strawberry pulp on scones or bread as an alternative to jam.