Cape Gooseberry Gin Smash

2 servings
15 minutes cook time
Cape Gooseberry Gin Smash

Our Cape Gooseberry Gin Smash is the perfect drink to warm you up with ginger spice and sweet-tart gooseberry flavor. 

Gooseberries are a little fruit that are often available at your local farmer's market but can be easy to miss. These golden berries make quite the cocktail. Once you and your friends get started on these, you won't be able to stop. They’re just so refreshing and delicious. 

Wondering what cape gooseberries taste like? They pack quite the punch of flavor for being such a tiny fruit. You’ll notice both sweet and sour flavors when the berry bursts in your mouth. 

Enjoy cape gooseberries in a variety of ways. Eat like grapes for a tart, sweet snack. Slice up and add the berries to a salad or simmer them into a jam to enjoy on toast or baked goods. Create an exotic fruit and cheese board with our gooseberries and add some of our other exotic fruit like papaya and persimmons.

Gooseberries work well in drinks like cocktails. Since all the juicy flavor is inside the plump berries, we muddle the gooseberries and ginger together first to help release the flavors. Then add in the gin, simple syrup and ice in the shaker. Give it a good shake for 30 seconds and get your glass ready with ice for the gorgeous golden peachy color of this cocktail!

Cape Gooseberry Gin Smash Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Servings: 1
  • Good for: contains alcohol, parties, gluten-free, vegan
  • Difficulty: easy

This cocktail is easy to make as a drink to enjoy in the fall and winter months for a refreshing beverage.


  • 5 oz gin
  • 5 cape gooseberries
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ginger peeled and chopped
  • Ice


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Measuring spoons
  • Jigger or shot glass
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Muddler or wooden spoon
  • Glass

Recipe Steps:

Muddle the ingredients:

  1. Remove the husk of the cape gooseberries and add the berries to the cocktail shaker.
  2. Peel and chop the ginger and add to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Muddle together or mash together with a wooden spoon.
  4. Once done muddling the ingredients, add the gin, simple syrup, and fill the shaker with ice.
  5. Shake the cocktail shaker for 30 seconds.

Serve over Ice:

  1. Fill a glass with ice and pour the strained cocktail mixture into the glass.

Serving Suggestions:

Make our Cape Gooseberry Gin Smash your new go-to cocktail to make for your friends or family to enjoy during a party. Super simple to make and full of flavor! Garnish with extra gooseberries or a slice of peeled ginger.

Pair with other gooseberry inspired dishes or just enjoy as it is!

Nutritional Information for One Drink: 

  • Calories: 140
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 11g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Total Sugars: 10g - Includes 7g Added Sugars
  • Protein: 0g
  • Vitamin D: 0mcg
  • Calcium: 10mg
  • Iron: 0.1mg
  • Potassium: 80mg

Don’t forget to show us how you’re making your Cape Gooseberry Gin Smash on Instagram @FruitStandcom! Nothing makes us happier than when we see you enjoying your fruit. Each time you share your FruitStand experience, you’re supporting small farmers and helping other fruit geeks discover rare and delicious produce sustainably. Try even more dragon fruit recipes from your FruitStand fam on our blog!

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