Dusty Trails

Shelly Lindgren, A16 Rockridge | Oakland, CA

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Shelley Lindgren’s Dusty Trails embraces summer strawberries at the height of ripeness paired with spicy rye whiskey and tangy homemade ginger syrup. Topped off with soda water, the drink is a cross between the spirit of a cobbler and the spice of a buck. Herbaceous, fresh basil further underscores the beauty of seasonal summer fare. It might be pink, but it’s got enough strength that even trail-tired cowboys will tip their hats to this one.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces rye
  • 2 strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 ounce ginger syrup (see Editor's Note)
  • 1/4 ounce honey
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • soda water

Garnish: basil leaf

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries with honey and ginger syrup.
  2. Add rye, lime juice, bitters and ice, and shake until chilled.
  3. Double-strain into a large rocks glass over ice.
  4. Top with soda water and garnish with a basil leaf.
Editor's Note

To make ginger syrup, blend 2 cups of peeled ginger root in a blender with 1 cup water. Add this to a pan over low heat. Add 2 cups sugar and 1/2 tablespoon ginger powder. Stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and bring to room temperature. Strain through a chinois, bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.