Here is a recipe for a cocktail that may just be your new favorite summer drink. It is made with home-made strawberry infused vodka and ginger lemonade made from scratch. But here’s a warning, it makes a big batch, so make sure you have lots of friends around to enjoy it with you.
Here’s the background of this recipe: I got married in 2003 BP. That stands for “Before Pinterest.” And the concept of signature cocktails was just coming into style. We had these for ours (with raspberry-infused vodka actually.) I came up with this recipe when I was working at Smokejacks restaurant. We called them Katie’s Pink Lemonade and they sold like hotcakes. They are dangerously quaffable. Something about the lemonade makes their booziness undetectable. So people REALLY enjoyed themselves at our wedding. We ran out, and I had made ten gallons! I love looking back on all the photos with the pink glasses in everyone’s hands. Lots of smiles.
I think the freshness of the fruit flavor with the peppery ginger and the shocking pink color make these special enough to serve at a big event, like a wedding. Or think how popular you would be to bring a jug of these to a party! Or just keep a batch in the fridge for the weekend.
Here’s the recipe: First, start with great strawberries. My daughter and I picked these. And they were red all the way through. I hulled the berries and then cut them into thirds. Next I filled a half gallon jar with 4 cups of the strawberries and a 750 ml bottle of Stoli Vodka. I let that sit, covered at room temp for two days.
Next you’ll want to make some ginger simple syrup. Once you have that you can make some awesome home-made lemonade that is great all on it’s own.
The recipe for ginger lemonade is so easy to memorize: one part fresh lemon juice, one part ginger simple syrup and two parts cold water.
But if you’re looking for a more grown-up beverage, that’s when you can add in the strawberry-infused vodka.
You’ll know the strawberries have really infused into the vodka when the vodka turns bright red and the strawberries are anemic looking. Just strain them out when you’re ready to make a batch of the cocktails. This batch of vodka was ready after only two days, because the strawberries were so perfect. Also if your party isn’t for a little while, but you want to make this while the strawberries are in season, you can leave them in there for a month in a cool dark place. Then just strain and refrigerate for as long as you want.
Then to make the cocktails, just mix the ginger lemonade with the strawberry vodka and you have yourself a dangerously quaffable signature cocktail!
Let me know if you’re making a big big batch, I would love to hear what you’re using it for, and I am happy to help with the conversions.
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Home made strawberry-infused vodka mixed with ginger lemonade made from scratch. A special drink for a signature cocktail or just for a fun party! Makes a big batch!
- 4 cups hulled strawberries, cut into thirds
- 1 750-ml bottle Vodka
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup ginger simple syrup
- Place strawberries in a large (1/2 gallon) jar or jug. Pour vodka over the strawberries. Cover and allow to infuse in a cool dark place for two days or up to one month.
- Mix water lemon juice and ginger simple syrup in a pitcher. Strain vodka into the lemonade. Discard the strawberries. Serve chilled over ice.
This recipe can be scaled up or down. To make the infused vodka in advance, it can sit on the berries for a month. Then strain and refrigerate it.