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Summer Refresher – Strawberry Mint Vodka

Look for small, sweet berries with unbruised flesh.

Look for small, sweet berries with unbruised flesh.

Grab a handful of fresh mint leaves.

Grab a handful of fresh mint leaves.

Every year at the holidays, I make my own flavored vodkas to give as gifts and serve to friends and family at gatherings. The hands-down favorite is always the classic cranberry vodka. Start with sugar syrup, add crushed cranberries and vodka, and begin the slow steep to syrupy perfection.

But summer calls for a different twist on this spirit tradition. With strawberries at their peak of sweet perfection and mint in abundance in gardens everywhere, my thoughts started wandering toward a refreshing vodka that could be blended with crushed ice and served in a beautiful glass with a sugared strawberry on top.

Enter strawberry mint vodka.

After a few weeks of steeping the mixture in the refrigerator and shaking it every few days to blend the flavors we’ll know how this creation tastes.

Use wide mouth jars and  funnel to keep the threading clean when filling.

Use wide mouth jars and a wide mouth funnel to keep jar threading clean when filling.

More to come.

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