I can’t help but enjoy a good cocktail. A drink you can have a couple of sips from without even realizing that you are drinking alcohol. When living in North Carolina, a couple of friends and I would finish off our work week with a trip to the bar and just laugh off the week’s stressors with a new cocktail that someone found.

While in Okinawa, I was blessed to make new friends who had similar traditions, and they would whip out a few bottles and throw together a few drinks to enjoy on the porch. While an old favorite (see a twist on my favorite cocktail here) can be nice, you sometimes need another good drink added to the rotation from time to time. In this, I bring you a Lemon Berry Smash. 

In Japan, we are coming to the end of the strawberry season. I hope you have taken the chance to tour some Strawberry fields. Twenty minutes of all you can eat Strawberries is another kind of heaven. While in the US, there are still perfect opportunities to find the perfect additions for your drink, as Strawberry season should start in April. This drink is a fantastic way to welcome or even say goodbye to Spring with some perfectly sweet berries. It is light and not too syrupy, and easily thrown together.

Do you need to make a substitute or two? I won’t be mad at you

Any fruit will work if you *GASP* don’t like Strawberries or are allergic. If you are more of a fan of cherries, check out this cocktail which beautifully blends with Amaretto. 

No fresh fruit? I understand. Fresh fruit is hard to find or ridiculously expensive here in Japan. Just use frozen, but be sure to let them thaw first.

Not a fan of bourbon? Don’t worry. Tequila is ready to be a friend.

Do you have a favorite cocktail that you want to share? Be a friend and comment below!

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