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Pickled Strawberry Crostini & The Bee and Flower Cocktail

Ashlea Chance with Mavens & Makers is serving up some sweet Southern recipes for us

A few sweet Southern treats created by Ashlea Chance. We are so honored that she is sharing these delicious recipes with us…

Pickled Strawberry Crostini


8oz Goat Cheese, Room Temperature

4 TBSP Honey

French Baguette

Olive Oil

Pint Fresh Strawberries

1/4 C. Rose Balsamic

Fresh Basil

Hull and chop strawberries, add to bowl with 1/4 c. Rose Balsamic Vinegar. Cover and allow to pickle for a minimum of one hour & no more than four hours.

Whip goat cheese and honey until well combined and fluffy; set aside.

Preheat the grill pan to medium heat.

Slice the baguette on the bias and drizzle both sides with olive oil, then grill until charred on both sides.

Strain pickled strawberries, reserving the liquid. Over medium-high heat, reduce balsamic until barely starting to thicken. Remove from heat. 

To serve, spread or pipe whipped goat cheese on each grilled slice of bread. Top with strawberries, drizzled balsamic reduction, and finish with fresh basil. 

(*Recipe tested with Fiore Rose Balsamic, but any high quality, white balsamic vinegar will work well.)

The Bee and Flower Cocktail

1/2 oz Lavender Honey Syrup*

1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1.5 oz Gin

Combine ingredients with ice, and shake to combine. Strain into glass. Embellish with fresh, wild violets or lavender stems. 

*To make Lavender Honey Syrup, combine equal parts Lavender Infused Honey and Water over low heat until combined. Alternatively, you can use 1/2 tsp dried lavender for every 1/4 c honey. This can be made ahead and refrigerated.


  • The perfect drink and snack for the Summer
  • Pickled Strawberry Crostini
  • The Bee and Flower Cocktail