Stephanie Schneider, co-owner of Huckleberry Bar in Brooklyn, New York, takes advantage of the offerings at her local farmers' market to create a refreshing, ruby-hued cocktail that mixes lovage-infused rum with brightly flavored fresh strawberries.
5 strawberries, hulled and halved
2 oz. lovage-infused Cruzan Aged Blanco rum*
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
1 lovage leaf, for garnish
Muddle the strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add the rum, lime, simple syrup, bitters, and ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lovage leaf.
*To make the lovage-infused rum, place 4 sprigs and stalks of lovage into a large, airtight Mason jar, then add an ounce of boiling water to release the herb's essential oils. Add 2 oz. rum, seal the jar, and let mixture rest for 2 to 3 days prior to use.