Mother’s Day is coming up and nothing says “get through the day” like a strawberry martini.
May is the perfect strawberry picking month in Nashville and, just a little bit south of here, we got to pick some luscious strawberries.
We came home with so many I almost didn’t know what to do. Almost. Quickly, I made a strawberry sauce, perfect for this recent post for strawberry sundaes. I then made this strawberry simple syrup, thinking cocktails. These fresh berries made a deep, flavorful strawberry syrup.
I experimented at 10:00 in the morning, and this is the strawberry martini recipe that won the day. I tried adding lemon juice and we didn’t like that. We tried regular vodka and mandarin vodka, and opted for the Mandarin. If you only have regular vodka, add a tiny squeeze of orange (not much or skip it). We used even amounts of vodka and simple syrup and a splash of dry vermouth. I wanted to add fresh basil, but it’s too newly planted, so keep that in mind.
You could use the strawberry simple syrup to make all sorts of fun cocktails, including this strawberry sangria.
This recipe was featured on MiniGardening.com a site that shows you how to grow your own strawberries at home.
So tell me, do you ever drink strawberry cocktails.
- 2 ounces vodka (Mandarin Vodka or regular)
- 2 ounces strawberry simple syrup
- splash of dry vermouth
- fresh strawberries and basil for garnish
- Put vodka, strawberry simple syrup, dry vermouth and ice into shaker.
- Serve iced cold.
- Garnish with strawberry and basil leaf.