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(Photo courtesy of Aviation gin)

Ain’t love grand? Sure it is. But sometimes, friends (well, maybe more than sometimes) you have to take the sweet with the sour.

When you really love someone, it’s not so hard to do. Sometimes sweet and sour can actually be … kind of wonderful. Like in this riff on a sour from the folks over at Aviation gin that combines the botanical beauty of gin with fresh lime juice, a dose of orgeat (almond syrup) and a little hit of homemade strawberry syrup (it’s easy-peezy; trust us). What’s a sour? A mix of a strong (your base alcohol), a sour (citrus juice), and a sweet (something sugary be it a cube or a syrup or, perhaps, a liqueur).

The gin of choice here, Aviation, is readily available from our friends at Six Corners Fine Wines & Spirits in Westhampton Beach (sweet!). And while, yes, strawberries aren’t in season, you can head on over to King Kullen, IGA or Citarella and grab a pint or so for the syrup because it adds that nice reddish hue when you shake one up for your sweetie, or yourself.

Who loves ya, baby? Southforker. Yeah, we do!

The Night We Met

Prep Time 15 minutes
Serves 1 cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz strawberry syrup
  • 1 oz orgeat
  • fresh mint, for garnish

For the strawberry syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered


  • Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake until cold, about 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Strain into an ice-filled double rocks glass. Garnish with a tuft of fresh mint. Cheers!

To make the strawberry syrup:

  • In a small sauce pot, combine the sugar, water and strawberries over medium-high heat.
  • Stir occasionally, allowing the mixture to simmer until the liquid thickens a bit and the strawberries release their color and juice.
  • Allow to cool. Strain with a fine mesh sieve, discard the berries and store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.