Growing up in Virginia, in the heart of apple country, picking apples was one of my all-time favorite fall activities.  In the summer it was peaches and blackberries, but in the spring, it was strawberries.  I  can remember lots of cool spring evenings that ended with strawberry shortcake on the back porch and strawberry jam with the leftovers.  
While South Carolina isn't exactly apple country, we have  no shortage of strawberries in spring.  Last weekend my friend and I headed out to Wadmalaw Island to one of my favorite places, Ambrose Family Farm.  We grabbed a bucket and headed out to pick.  Four pounds later I was online looking for good recipes to try out.  Luckily, I came across a photo from High Wire Distilling that I just couldn't resist, fresh strawberry syrup for a strawberry gin fizz.  It was perfectly simple, made the house smell amazing, and we enjoyed our cocktails on the porch while we watched the first thunderstorm of the season.
Strawberry Gin Fizz
1 oz. strawberry syrup (recipe below)
2 oz. gin (High Wire's Hat Trick gin is my favorite)
4 oz. club soda (or to taste)
Strawberries for garnish
Syrup 
4 cups of water
2 cups strawberries
1 cup of sugar
Boil the water and strawberries for 30 minutes, until the strawberries turn white.  Strain the strawberries and throw them away.  Add one cup of sugar and heat to dissolve.  Allow the syrup to cool before mixing your drink.
Just an afterthought - I bet this would be wonderful with some muddled mint. 
 I'm off to test it out now! 

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Comment by whitney long on April 23, 2014 at 11:59am

Sounds soooo good!  Makes me ready for summer!

Comment by Emily Laborde Hines on April 22, 2014 at 10:25pm

Can't wait to try this! Love strawberry picking... I did it last spring and made a huge batch of strawberry sangria :)

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