Food & Drink

Strawberry Fizz Cocktail

A celebratory sipper from Joe Stinchcomb of Saint Leo Lounge in Oxford, Mississippi

photo: Johnny autry | Food Styling by Charlotte Autry


This easy-drinking Strawberry Fizz is one of nearly forty recipes Joe Stinchcomb keeps in his repertoire, ready to bring richer historical context to the cocktail menus he crafts for Oxford, Mississippi’s Saint Leo and its newly opened companion lounge. Sometimes his creations can be provocative—Blood on the Leaves, a blend of rum, citrus, and pecan orgeat he developed last year for Black History Month, takes inspiration from “Strange Fruit,” Billie Holiday’s haunting protest against lynching. Other times, the lessons are lighter. He developed this effervescent sipper to celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday that marks the day (June 19, 1865) when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Galveston, Texas—nearly two and a half years after Lincoln issued it—freeing the last of the Confederacy’s enslaved people. “Red is important because it’s for joyous occasions; I wanted to celebrate the memory of those people,” says Stinchcomb, who was born in Germany to a U.S. Air Force family and raised in Mississippi and Georgia. The red drinks that are customary at Juneteenth festivities usually get their color from sorrel, hibiscus, or Texas-based Big Red soda. Fresh strawberries make Stinchcomb’s version more widely accessible; bourbon adds a layer of caramel sweetness. “If I could sing, I would’ve written a song and sung it,” he says. “I’m not the best writer, so I didn’t write anything. I just use my talent and my platform.”

 

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Ingredients

  • (Yield: 1 drink)

    • 1½ oz. bourbon

    • 1 oz. fresh strawberries

    • ½ oz. lime juice

    • ½ oz. simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water, heated until dissolved)

    • 1 egg white

    • Splash of soda

    • Garnishes: lime wheel, strawberries


Preparation

  1. Dry shake all ingredients except soda and garnishes (place in a cocktail shaker without ice and shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds). Heavy shake next (add ice to shaker and repeat). Add a splash of soda to shaker. Strain and pour over ice into a glass of your choosing. Garnish with lime wheel and strawberries.

Recipe from Joe Stinchcomb of Saint Leo Lounge in Oxford, Mississippi


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