Juicy summer strawberries are combined with tart lime juice and bright mint in this sweet and sour effervescent vodka cocktail. It's light, not too sugary, and eminently day-drinkable. Do consider adjusting the amount of simple syrup depending on the sweetness of your strawberries.
Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- 2 1/2 ounces sliced fresh strawberries from approximately 5 medium berries
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note above)
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
- 10 mint leaves
- 2 ounces vodka
- 2 1/2 ounces club soda
- Lime wheel, mint, or strawberry for garnish (optional)
In a cocktail shaker, combine strawberries, simple syrup, and lime juice and muddle until strawberries are completely dissolved. Add mint leaves and gently tap 5 times with muddler. (Do not over-muddle mint or it will taste bitter and muddy.) Add vodka to shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
Fill a Collins glass with ice and add club soda. Fine-strain cocktail into glass and stir gently. Garnish with lime, mint, or strawberry, if desired.