Strawberry Vodka Limeade

Strawberry Vodka title

Twenty-five pounds of strawberries have gone through my kitchen in the past two weeks.  We ate some fresh, in strawberry mint salad, in pancakes, in sorbet.  We preserved even more, slicing and freezing, macerating and jamming.  And then we drank some, via strawberry-infused vodka.

Strawberry Vodka

Yield: 1 quart

Strawberry Vodka

Strawberry-infused vodka adds a fruity twist to your cocktails. For strawberry vodka limeade, shake 1 part strawberry vodka with 4 or 5 parts limeade. Serve with a few frozen strawberries in each glass-- it will keep your cocktail cold without diluting it like regular ice would.

Ingredients

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • About 4 cups vodka

Instructions

  1. Wash and hull the strawberries and place them in a quart-sized Mason jar.
  2. Pour the vodka over the strawberries, filling to about 1/2 - 1" from the top of the jar.
  3. Cover and shake the jar then set it in a cool, dark spot in your kitchen.
  4. Allow to infuse for 5-7 days, shaking the jar once a day. By the end, the strawberries will be ghosts of their former selves, faded and nearly white. Strain through a piece of cheesecloth and discard the strawberries.

Make Ahead and Storage

Store the vodka in its Mason jar in the freezer to retain the strawberry flavor. Frozen, the vodka will be good for up to 6 months. Shake the jar before pouring the vodka.

http://www.savvyeat.com/strawberry-vodka-limeade/

Strawberry Vodka 1

What to do with all those strawberries?

Eat them fresh:

Or, preserve them to enjoy in the depths of winter:

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Mint Salad

Strawberry Mint Salad Title

These are the scenes of summer:

Driving down country roads with Dan, my bare feet resting flat on the dashboard, eyes closed, singing along to Pentatonix.

Coaxing my sungold tomato plants towards their trellis to keep them from toppling over when they get top-heavy with fruit.

Keeping book for Dan’s baseball games, smelling of sunscreen and sweat and dirt.

Morning bike rides, my legs screaming and my breathing labored as I push myself up the Ithaca hills.

Eating strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with every breakfast, lunch and snack.

Strawberry Mint Salad 2

Strawberry Mint Salad

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 5 cups

Use the freshest strawberries you can find. When you're done, slurp the ruby red juice out of the bottom of the bowl for a sweet ending.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Roll the mint leaves into a long cylinder, and thinly slice the roll crosswise to create ribbons of mint. I used chocolate mint, because that is what looked best in the garden, but any mint will work.
  2. Gently toss the mint with the strawberries and sugar.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the sugar to pull the juices out of the strawberries and to help the flavors blend.

Make Ahead and Storage

Covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated, this salad will be good for 3 days.

http://www.savvyeat.com/strawberry-mint-salad/