I had no idea that finding a bottle of strawberry schnapps was going to be such a hassle. But, after going to five(!) different liquor stores, I finally found one. And truth be told, it’s not a bad drink. I’ve snuck a few sips here and there. But, in the fruit driven Burning Sun, it really does make the difference between a bad cocktail and one that works. The key here is to make sure that you use a high-proof schnapps and not just a bottom shelf liqueur. The alcohol will cut through the sweetness of the pineapple juice and balance everything out.
As for using a strawberry as a garnish. That’s a great idea in the summer, but seeing as it’s now February, not something I’d recommend. I bought some frozen organic strawberries, but they lacked the full flavor of what would have made a wonderful edible garnish.
1.5oz strawberry schnapps
4oz pineapple juice
garnish: whole strawberry
Pour into ice-filled highball glass and stir. Garnish with strawberry.