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Strawberry Lemon Gin Fizz

This Strawberry Lemon Gin Fizz combines sweet, juicy strawberries, tart lemon juice, and herb-infused gin. If you want to do summer up right, get to shakin’!

Strawberry Lemon Gin Fizz: This refreshing cocktail combines sweet strawberry syrup, tart lemon juice, and herb-infused gin. Get ready to rock summer!

Last Tuesday, I got to experience what it’s like to be in front of the lens. All I have to say is that I now understand exactly how my clients feel. It’s a strange and unnatural feeling. I’m a far cry from shy–I make friends with strangers on the daily–but the moment the camera entered my personal space, I fought the urge to laugh uncontrollably and run in the opposite direction. Obviously, I need more practice.

The very talented Kita Roberts of Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore was the gal behind the camera dishing out the orders.

It’s not like I’m unfamiliar with being in front of the camera–quite the contrary, actually. If you follow me on Snapchat, you’ve seen me at my very worst, and by worst, I’m referring to my unwashed hair, unmade face, and standard stained t-shirt. I’m literally a hot mess, and yet I’m comfortable and carefree.

Strawberry Lemon Gin Fizz: This refreshing cocktail combines sweet strawberry syrup, tart lemon juice, and herb-infused gin. Get ready to rock summer!

In preparation for my photo shoot, I had my hair professionally styled, I bought a new outfit and accessories, and took the time to slap on some makeup. I looked and felt good, and yet I could not relax in front of the lens. Well, that’s a lie. I finally started to loosen up after two very strong cocktails.

Just when I thought, “I got this!” Kita asked me to look sultry. Um… I beg your pardon. Sultry? Can you define sultry? Can you use it in a sentence?

S.U.L.T.R.Y.

I need to add “practice sultry face” to my to-do list, because the face I ended up making every. single. time. was some weird, oddly contorted duck face. Definitely not the definition of sultry and all sorts of unsexy.

No woman has ever convinced a man to come to bed by giving the guy her best duck face. But then again, who am I to say? Does it really take a whole lot of effort to get a man into bed? From my experience, the answer is no. If I said to Squirrel, “Damn, I’m all out of underwear. I really need to do some laundry.” That would get translated to, “She’s not wearing any underwear, so she must want some. Be upstairs in 5 minutes!”

Yeah, somewhere down the road I made a very sharp left turn and ran with. Sorry, guys!

Strawberry Lemon Gin Fizz: This refreshing cocktail combines sweet strawberry syrup, tart lemon juice, and herb-infused gin. Get ready to rock summer!

In the end, I think what I gave her was a look of deep concentration. Well, at least I hope it was that and not my poop face. The whole experience left me questioning my sexy bedroom face.

It also left me craving booze. The hard stuff! A double finger of gin, and I felt like the sexiest, duck-face-making woman in the world.

I fancied up my gin by adding a splash of strawberry simple syrup leftover from the Strawberry-Lime Sangria I made last week, and then I added a squeeze of lemon juice and topped it off with some fizzy club soda. Because, bubbles!

Boom, booze saves the day again!

Strawberry Lemon Gin Fizz

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce strawberry simple syrup
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 3-4 ounces club soda
  • strawberry slice for garnish
  • lemon slice for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, strawberry simple syrup, and lemon juice. Give the mixture several vigorous shakes.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass. Add ice and top with club soda. Garnish with strawberry and lemon slices.
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4 Responses to “Strawberry Lemon Gin Fizz”

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    Willow | Will Cook For Friends — May 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    The is the funniest thing I’ve read in a LOOONG time! I can so relate to this — I am routinely horrified whenever I am in front of the camera (of mirror) and attempt to make a “sexy face.” Really? THAT’S what I look like?! It’s like I’m only capable of looking grumpy, sleepy, or dopey… damnit, why couldn’t there have been a “sexy” dwarf?

    That said, I do find cocktails helpful, and also a really solid photographer who can help direct you and let you know how to fix a pose when it isn’t working. I know Kita does amazing work, so I’m sure you were in good hands. Any chance we’ll get to see some of those photos???

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 9, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    bahahaaaa I’m so used to the in-front of the camera thing BUT I will say that doing it with Michael (for our engagement and wedding pictures) for some reason made it really weird for me…Idk. I do know that I can’t wait to see these photos and your “look of deep concentration” :P

    And these photos are friggin STUNNING. I’m so in awe of your skills behind the camera.

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    Cheryl — May 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I brought you up to be a strong fearless person.  Since you were so small,  I wanted to make sure no one messed with my girl.  You speak your mind and tell it like it is and stand up to the biggest most intimidating person if they cross you.   If only I had installed a tiny, please don’t embarrass your mom to the point where she has flaming red cheeks filter.  :)  

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