Cocktails From the Garden: Strawberry-Tini

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It’s official, strawberry season is in full effect!  It seems like every farmer’s market stand and grocery store has a huge display of fresh strawberries as soon as you walk through the door.  Perfectly plump and bursting with flavor, now is the time to be stocking up and enjoying the sweet tastes of this summer fruit.

strawberry-tini

Since everyone love a crisp and refreshing cocktail in the summer, this recipe for Strawberry Martinis (or the Strawberry-Tini as I like to call it) is the perfect drink to serve at your next party.  It’s easy to make and will have your guest asking for more.

The key to this drink is the ruby-red strawberry simple syrup.  Not only does it creates the beautiful, rich color of the cocktail, but it adds just the right amount of fresh-from-the-garden strawberry flavor.  It’s the perfect complement to ice-cold vodka on a warm summer afternoon! Make a large batch of the simple syrup ahead of time and it will keep in the fridge for up to a month. You will be ready to amaze your friends and family with your bartender skills when they pop in for a visit! If possible, use freshly picked strawberries from your local farmer’s market or fruit stand to really turn the flavor a notch.

strawberry-tini

Don’t worry if you don’t have  a cocktail shaker or a fancy bar strainer on hand.  A large mason jar, with a lid, and a fine mesh strainer work just as well.

THE STRAWBERRY-TINI

To make two servings, put one cup of ice into your mason jar or cocktail shaker. Add 4 ounces of chilled vodka and 8 ounces of chilled strawberry simple syrup.  Secure lid and shake.

Pour the mixture into your martini glasses using a strainer to separate out the ice.   Add a sliced strawberry to the rim of each glass as a garnish and serve.

These drinks are strong but oh so refreshing! Cheers!

(For the full recipe card click here)

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