Fresh Strawberry Mint Martini. It’s strawberry season in my area. There’s nothing better than biting into a crisp sweet fresh strawberry. Of course, you can usually get mass-farmed strawberries all year round in most supermarkets — I think they are sometimes tasteless though. I prefer to buy fresh local berries when they’re at their sweetest. If you can’t find fresh strawberries, you can always use thawed frozen strawberries.
My husband concocted this gorgeous martini for me a few years ago. It’s become a huge favorite in the warmer weather and of course in strawberry season. Stolichnaya’s Strasberi Vodka adds an extra strawberry punch. A sprig of fresh mint from the garden is a welcome garnish.
Just chop some fresh strawberries and fresh mint leaves. Muddle them with some superfine sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add some ice cubes and vodka and shake.
Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a whole strawberry and a sprig of mint. I like a pulpy result but you can strain the mixture for a clearer martini.
Sweeten your Happy Hour with my Fresh Strawberry Mint Martini. Offer with a bar appetizer such as my Rich Smoked Salmon Dip on crackers, Fig Almond Cheese Nibbles, or Cinnamon Pecans.
From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….
Fresh Strawberry Mint Martini
4 fresh strawberries, stemmed and hulled, coarsley chopped
10 mint leaves, coarsely chopped
2 t superfine sugar
2 oz. Stolichnaya Strasberi vodka
1 oz. plain vodka
1/2 t fresh lemon juice
To garnish, one whole strawberry and a sprig of mint
1. Muddle the fresh strawberry pieces, chopped mint and superfine sugar in a cocktail shaker.
2. Add 6 ice cubes to the shaker.
3. Pour in the two vodkas and the lemon juice.
4. Cover and shake the shaker until you start to hear the ice cubes starting to break up.
5. Pour into a martini glass.
6. Garnish with a whole strawberry and sprig of mint.
Makes one martini. Offer with my Rich Smoked Salmon Dip and crackers, my Fig Almond Cheese Nibbles and/or my Cinnamon Pecans.
Variations: Add a splash of chocolate-flavored vodka for a minty chocolate-covered strawberry flavor.
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