Strawberry Blonde

The Strawberry Blonde was invented in 2008 by Simon Difford at The Cabinet Room, London.

The Cabinet Room is actually a private bar that occupies the ground floor of Difford’s apartment. This is not a bar you can go to, buy drinks and get pissed in. Rather it is a private space where Simon entertains, creates, teaches and shares.

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Strawberry Blonde

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By Simon Difford Serves: 1
Cooking Time: None


  • 2 strawberries for the drink, and half of one to garnish
  • 60ml Russian Standard vodka
  • 45ml fresh lemon juice
  • 25ml simple syrup
  • Top with club soda



Muddle the fruit in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add the other ingredients, shake over ice and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim.

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  • Reply
    Dirt bag
    21/05/2021 at 9:31 am

    I was drinking strawberry blondes in Sydney Australia in the 70’s … vodka & tia Maria on the rocks with cream & dash of grenadine on top … how can u say you invented some other drink called a strawberry blonde ?

    • Reply
      Nigel Eastmond
      21/05/2021 at 10:02 am

      Hi DirtBag. On this occasion, I am not claiming invention. Simon Difford claims invention here: https://www.diffordsguide.com/cocktails/recipe/2201/strawberry-blonde. As with many cocktails though, names get re-used all the time, particularly with lesser-known drinks. The Aussie recipe you describe (which does not appear to involve actual strawberries) is completely different to this. Does that make sense?

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