Strawberry-Lime Vodka Martini or Mocktail

Strawberry Lime Vodka Martini Recipe

When I was thinking about a limeade mocktail for this blog I decided to make it with seltzer (club soda or any sparkling water is fine, too), but when I tasted the first batch, it seemed too ordinary. I had some strawberries in the refrigerator and pureed up a bunch, I mean a whole quart. The color was almost neon red and the flavor combinations didn’t blend well.

The next time, I started with a cup, always err on the side of less, as more can be added. It’s just perfect, the lesser amount of strawberries impart a different acidity and a sweetness that complements the lime and provides a lovely blush of pink.

Strawberry-Lime Vodka Martini or Mocktail
Makes: 1½ quarts
 
A couple of tips for using carbonated water: pour the carbonated water into the pitcher first to minimize the amount of foam created when adding the juice and only combine the juice and carbonated water just before serving to keep it sparkling.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • freshly grated peel of one lime
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 cups ice water or sparkling water
  • Garnish: thin slices of lime or a small strawberry
Method
  1. Puree the strawberries in a blender with the water, sugar and lime juice. Let this sit for an hour to optimize flavor. Pour water or sparkling water into the pitcher and add the juice. Stir gently to combine.
  2. For the martini, use 2 ounces strawberry-lime juice, 1½ ounces Vodka (I used Kettle One) and 3 ounces seltzer. Garnish the martini glass with a slice of lime and/or a small strawberry.

 

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