Fraise Noire {a strawberry black pepper cocktail}

Alright, my cocktail loving friends. I have new booze to tell you about today along with a new cocktail recipe for you to try (with said booze, of course). First, the booze is the newly released Tanqueray Old Tom Gin. Second, the cocktail is a strawberry black pepper cocktail.

strawberry black pepper cocktail 1

Let’s start off with talking about the gin, shall we. Old Tom Gin, dating back to the early 18th century, is a sweeter style of gin. There are many classic cocktail recipes calling for Old Tom, including the Martinez (a mighty fine cocktail).

As I mentioned before, Tanqueray recently released a limited number of their Old Tom Gin. This article over at Serious Eats goes into more detail about how it is produced and some ways to enjoy it (other than this strawberry black pepper cocktail). As far as some tasting notes, I find the gin to be a combination of sweet and spicy with a bit of lime citrus.

strawberry black pepper cocktail with tanqueray old tom gin

For the drink, I knew I wanted it to be a strawberry black pepper cocktail. And I wanted to use this gin. The rest was up to experimenting. I started with muddling the strawberries and black peppercorns but the pepper didn’t come through. So, I made a black pepper simple syrup instead. That really made the pepper pop, if you will.

strawberry black pepper cocktail

All together, this strawberry black pepper cocktail is a great summer drink with sweetness, spice and booze. Because everything is better with booze.

{a strawberry black pepper cocktail}
Sweet, spice and everything nice all in one glass!
Serves: 1
  • 3 strawberries, tops removed
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce black pepper simple syrup*
  • 1-1/2 ounces Tanqueray Old Tom Gin
  • Strawberry and lemon twist for garnish
  1. Add strawberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Pour in lemon juice, black pepper simple syrup and Tanqueray Old Tom Gin and fill shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a strawberry and lemon twist.
  5. *To make the black pepper simple syrup:
  6. Combine ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water and ⅛ cup crushed black peppercorns in a small pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain the black peppercorns from the syrup and transfer to a glass bottle and store in the fridge until ready to use.

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Note: I was sent a bottle of Tanqueray Old Tom Gin to enjoy. All thoughts, opinions, recipe and images are my own.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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6 comments… add one
  • Sarah|Pickled Capers August 15, 2014, 5:51 am

    Oh man! What a powerful flavor combination! I have recently become a bit obsessed with spicy cocktails, and black pepper is such a fascinating element in a drink. And what a great way to have a strawberry cocktail that doesn’t make me think of unicorn stickers and pom poms.

    • Jessica Torres August 17, 2014, 9:09 pm

      This was my first time trying black pepper in a cocktail and I really liked it. I’m sure I’ll be using it again soon. And no, definitely no unicorn stickers in this drink.

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche August 18, 2014, 8:26 pm

    definitely craving one of these cocktails right now.. curious to know what the black pepper tastes like!

    • Jessica Torres August 19, 2014, 2:52 pm

      I really enjoyed the black pepper syrup. Definitely a great way to add some spice to a drink!

  • Russell from Chasing Delicious August 21, 2014, 4:00 pm

    This is such a delicious cocktail! I am loving it!


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