Grilled Strawberry Cocktail

April 13, 2016 By Cathy — 9 Comments
Slurp up this grilled strawberry cocktail sweetened with a lime/thyme simple syrup. Summertime in a glass!

Grilled Strawberry Cocktail

So last summer I had a little obsession. Unfortunately for my mid-section it wasn’t exercise (although I swear this summer will be different!). It was grilled fruit. And not just for dessert. Actually, I don’t think I ever served it for dessert, but instead grilled fruit was front and center in salads, appetizers, on top of chicken or fish and wait for it…in cocktails! I mean it just isn’t summer without a refreshing, cold drink with just the right amount of booze to make you feel all relaxed and right with the world. Am I right or am I right?

Grilled Strawberry Cocktail

For me a cocktail is all about balance. I usually gravitate toward drinks that are more dry than sweet, with bright flavors from a squeeze of citrus. However, some drinks needs a pop of sweetness and maybe even a little heat. And this whole grilled fruit thing, well it’s a game changer in the cocktail world.

When fruit is cooked it breaks down the sugars and enhances or even changes the flavor and texture. Grilled peaches become sweet and jammy and watermelon reminds me of a vine-ripened tomato. And something magical happens with strawberries too. They become sweeter and their flavor deepens. They’re wonderful in a summer salad paired with a creamy cheese and bitter greens (recipe for another day soon) or yep, in a cocktail.

Grilled Strawberry Cocktail

For today’s cocktail I’m pairing grilled strawberries with a lime/thyme simple syrup and vodka. The strawberry is the star here and I didn’t want to overpower it with a heavy liquor or too many flavors. The simple syrup is light, with pleasant herbaceous undertones and a much-needed burst of acidity from the lime. Throw it all in the blender with a handful of ice and you have summertime in a glass.

It’s reminiscent of a daiquiri, but really can’t be called that since there’s no rum in sight. And frankly the point isn’t what we’re calling it (take my uninspired title “Grilled Strawberry Cocktail”) but rather how it tastes going down. Or better yet, how it tastes while sitting outside, feet propped, tunes playing and the late afternoon sun warming your skin. Summer can’t get here soon enough. Cheers!

Grilled Strawberry Cocktail

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Grilled Strawberry Cocktail
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Slurp up this grilled strawberry cocktail sweetened with a lime/thyme simple syrup. Summertime in a glass!
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, grilled strawberries
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 388 kcal
  • 1 lb strawberries (plus a few for garnish)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¾ cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup lime thyme simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • ½ cup ice
  • Squeeze of lime juice
Lime Thyme Simple Syrup
  • 2 limes, zested
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 sprigs of thyme
  • *thyme sprigs and grilled strawberries for garnish
Lime Thyme Simple Syrup
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat.

  2. Allow to cool to room temperature, strain and then store in the refrigerator. (You will have extra syrup that can be reserved for a future use.)
Grilled Strawberry Cocktail
  1. Mix together the olive oil and sugar and toss with the strawberries.

  2. Set your grill to med/high heat and skewer berries.
  3. Grill, turning often, until strawberries are beginning to char on all sides. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, and then remove the hull, leaving a few intact for garnish.
  4. Combine strawberries, vodka, simple syrup, ice and a squeeze of lime juice in a blender and pulse until pureed.
  5. Pour and serve immediately, garnished with a grilled strawberry and thyme sprig.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Strawberry Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 237mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 58g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Vitamin C 102%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Grilled Strawberry Cocktail

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Filed Under: Cocktails/Drinks, Grilling, Recipe


9 responses to “Grilled Strawberry Cocktail”

  1. I can’t eat enough fruit this time of year.. and summer for that matter, especially when they are in cocktails! 😉 This cocktail is beautiful, Cathy! Love that you grilled the strawberries! And that lime-thyme simple syrup sounds fabulous! This is one clever cocktail! Can’t wait to make this over the weekend! Pinned! Cheers!

  2. This is my kind of cocktail Cathy! What a great idea to grill strawberries! I’ve never tried that! Putting this one on my summer cocktail list!

  3. Oh, my. This sounds awesome. I do love grilled fruits, but I hadn’t tried strawberries. Now I need to. 🙂 Love the pictures too.

  4. Keith @ How's it Lookin? says:

    Looks delicious. A drink sounds good right about now, thanks for sharing

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