Today would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday. However, today also marks the 29th anniversary of the dedication of Central Park’s Strawberry Fields. Named after the Liverpool orphanage that Lennon often play at as a child and subsequently immortalized in the song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” Strawberry Fields is a 2.5 acre section of Central Park created as a memorial to Lennon.
Strawberry Fields is located across the street from the Dakota, the New York apartment complex where Lennon lived with Yoko Ono and was later murdered. The memorial’s most famous feature is a black and white circular mosaic featuring the word “imagine,” the title of Lennon’s famous song that called for world peace. The memorial has become a gathering point for peace rallies and tributes to Lennon. Fans often gather on the anniversary of Lennon’s birth and death to sing his songs and leave tributes on the mosaic. One such fan was Gary dos Santos, the self described “Mayor of Strawberry Fields,” who every day decorated the mosaic with flowers, candles, strawberries and other items to form peace signs and other shapes on the memorial. Tragically, “the Mayor” died in November of 2013, bringing an end to his 20 years of service.
So, on the occasion of Lennon’s birthday, why not pay tribute to him and “Mayor” dos Santos with a Strawberry Fields cocktail? It’s a nice blended drink, that’s not too far removed from a strawberry daiquiri.
- 3 ounces Gold Rum
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 4 ounces strawberries
Put the strawberries in a blender and blend until puréed, then add two ounces of rum and blend for about ten to fifteen seconds. Pour that into a sugar rimmed hurricane glass. Then, pour the orange juice and last ounce of rum into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain the combined rum and orange juice and layer it on top of the combined rum and strawberry purée.
Tomorrow: The worst director of all time.