With summer produce in full swing, we can’t help but gaze appreciatively at the return of the seasonal bounty. From plump sugar snap peas to magenta-hued radishes to fat, juicy local strawberries, we can’t get enough. And while there’s practically no greater joy than eating a sun-warmed strawberry that was picked mere hours before, we like to mix things up a bit and utilize nature’s jewels in different ways, like using them in a cocktail. That’s where Erick Castro’s delicious recipe for Strawberry–Vanilla Milk Punch comes in—it’s perfect for those warm nights when you’d rather drink your dessert. This frothy tippler is spiked with Cognac, vanilla syrup, cream, and sweet muddled strawberries for a decadent summertime drink that will have you thanking your farmers next time you see them. Get the recipe.
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Hilary Deutsch is editorial assistant at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Instagram.