Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fresh Strawberry Martini

Strawberries are plentiful in Florida in April. In fact, right now Florida has an over abundance of strawberries and they are reasonably priced. This means that I am buying more strawberries than I need and am looking for ways to use them.

I can't think of a more perfect way to use fresh strawberries than in a refreshing cocktail. I will tell you that the fruit used in this cocktail should be as ripe and as fresh as possible to produce the most flavor. A dash of simple syrup should only be used to ripen the fruit flavor and is not intended to create a frou-frou a/k/a syrupy sweet drink.


Strawberry Martini
Serves 1

Ingredients:
2 ounces good quality vodka
1/2 ounce frais de bois (optional)
A dash of simple syrup
Fresh strawberries

Directions:
Crush three fresh strawberries in a shaker, using a muddler or the flat end of a barspoon.  Add ice, a large shot of vodka, a dash of frais de bois, and a hint of simple syrup to taste.  Shake the mixture sharply and strain into a frosted martini glass.  Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Enjoy!
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66 comments:

Sandi said...

That looks wonderful Velva!!! What is frais de bois?

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks very refreshing!

Ana Powell said...

That is a must do cocktail, awesome.
Have a great weekend x

Cool Lassi(e) said...

What a great cocktail! Love that bright color rendered by the fresh strawberries.

TKW said...

A beautiful cocktail that's not too sweet? You are speaking my language, girl! Yum!

Pam said...

I know you say to use fresh, but I still have some strawberries in the freezer from last year (vacuum sealed), so I'm going to give them a whirl and have some frozen margaritas!

A Year on the Grill said...

good advice on the syrup

Joanne said...

Strawberries are in abundance here as well, probably because they were shipped over from FL. This martini is definitely what I need to get me through this weekend. Sounds delicious.

Julie said...

I just heard a news report on strawberries being plentiful. I am hoping that's true here in Nebraska.

This looks delicious! Have you tried Agave Nectar? I was listening to a radio show yesterday and they talked about making cocktails with Agave instead of simple syrup. I can't wait to try it. Anything to cut back on the white sugar, which I eat WAY too much of.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Strawberries are a good price in my little town, too. I'm sure they come straight from Florida!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Our strawberry season here in Florida got pushed back a bit because of all the freakish cold weather. However, man are they good right now. Your martini look amazing. I'm going to make some for my dinner party tonight. Thank you for sharing. You covered strawberries and I posted about tomatoes last night. We're doing our local state produce proud.

Anncoo said...

I would love to try this. Very beautiful color and refreshing.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

It looks lovely!!!!!!!!!! and perfect for the good weather we have at the mo!

lakeviewer said...

I can dring to that! Freeze those beauties for later!

Lyndsey said...

Oh this looks great. Good I have another wonderful strawberry idea. Yes we have an over abundance of them, and a lot of them are in my fridge right now! :)

Claudia said...

Such a sweet, pretty glorious drink! Waiting 2 more months for strawberry season.

Lori said...

This sounds so wonderful! I could use a sip right now. We are soon to be in strawberry season in Kentucky and I can't wait. Right now we just have to pick up the ones from FL in the supermarket. :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a gorgeous drink :D. It looks so fresh and girly (like me LOL).
*kisses* HH

Becki said...

Hi Velva,
I looked up Fraise de bois but where can I find it in Tallahassee??

Kathleen said...

Oh Velva! Again you come up with a killa cocktail! If we lived closer to each other I think we would be bffs!!!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Velva..my timing sure was good today..i stop by and see this little delight...

wish i was there

kary

teresa said...

oh wow, this would improve even the worst day! lovely!

Kim said...

Woo Wee! Come to mama! After a rough day with the kids, I could literally drink several of these:D

Mimi said...

I just picked up strawberries at the Farmer's market yesterday. They were so good, we ate them all just as they were. Next time I'll save a few for my martini.
Mimi

Chef Aimee said...

This is a gorgeous cocktail! Me likey! :)

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

OMG that looks soo delicious & refreshing! Cheers to you XO:)

Debbi Smith said...

This totally would have been nice to have tonight! Where were you when I needed you! I even have have the strawberries! :-)

theUngourmet said...

I bought a huge container of strawberries at Costco the other day. I couldn't resist, they were such a good price! I've been busy slicing and freezing them. What a nice, refreshing drink! I'll have to use some of my strawberries on this recipe! :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What a wonderful idea! So much better than the too-sweet daqueri.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

We love martinis in our house and this one looks particularily refreshing.
Sam

Dishesdone said...

That martini looks amazing! Can definitely live without the frou-frou, great idea!

Foodycat said...

I love fruity, not-too-sweet cocktails so this sounds perfect to me!

I really like the look of that breakfast strata too. So easy!

pierre said...

this is a red marvel bravo !! Pierre

Liz Barrett said...

Oh, this looks marvelous! Think I will serve at my spring time cocktail party in May - was looking for something new and seasonal to delight my guests!

Laura in Paris said...

I was in a mood for a drink and found your recipe while browsing the blogs I follow. thanks! Sunday evening with friends in the Sarthe .. and soon a Martini in my hand!

Michelle said...

PERFECT for a Sunday Brunch or for a lazy, sunny afternoon on the porch.

Chris said...

That looks berry delicious! (Feel free to boo that one;) )

Chef E said...

Ha ha to Chris!

Hmmm, shall I place my order for a special 'E-tini' to be ready when your door bell rings on a special Tuesday evening?

Hungry Dog said...

Beautiful, elegant, seasonal, delicious, and alcoholic--I love it!

Faith said...

What a beautiful drink! Strawberries won't be in season here for about another month...I can't wait! :)

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

Yum! And thank you to FL for all of the strawberries - we are getting great deals up here in MA on them too!

Cucinista said...

Looks positively ambrosial! I just started eating my first strawberries of the season. The first sign that spring is finally here!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

This looks divine! You are getting better and better at taking these pictures! (Not that they are not great before, but this one looks professionally done!)

À LA GRAHAM said...

This looks so good...I love anything with strawberries and a good cocktail never hurt! Saw you over on Bo's site and glad I checked you out...fabulous blog! :)

Pete said...

A nice relaxing drink in the evening after work....hmmmmmm!

MaryMoh said...

Looks very refreshing....beautiful colour!

Linda www.mykindofcooking.com said...

The photos on your blog are beautiful!

Marguerite said...

Looks sinfully good! We have a bumper crop of strawberries, this year, so this will be a good way to use them! Cheers!

sweetlife said...

yummy...what a great drink...a must try

sweetlife

Pam said...

Yum! That's one good looking cocktail!

Tracy said...

Oh how much nicer my Monday would be if I had something as sweet as this to sip on. I don't think my boss would mind one bit. :)

buffalodick said...

Like potato chips...you just can't have one!

Cocina Savant said...

I am truly happy to find a foodie from Florida with well thought out dishes and a Gator fan to boot. Excellent use of your abundance of strawberries with this cocktail. If only I was back home in Pensacola so I could be picking strawberries as I used to to create such a splendid drink. Great to find your blog and a football fan with good taste.

Jen_from_NJ said...

A fresh strawberry martini? That sounds and looks heavenly!

Banu said...

oh, goodness! Would love to have one of these in my hand right now...gorgeous.

Bo said...

I will have to try this...yum!

5 Star Foodie said...

A perfectly beautiful and refreshing cocktail!

Mags said...

We're a few months away from fresh strawberries here, but I'm definitely keeping this in mind for a fresh summery drink. Looks delicious!

Sophie said...

A grand cocktail, Velva!!

Very refreshing too!
Many greets from sunny Brussels!

Barbara said...

I've never seen a cocktail like this one, Velva!
It looks divine! What a great, fresh, spring idea!

Erica said...

This looks amazing,Velva! Beautiful color.... I would love a couple :)

tasteofbeirut said...

Beautiful drink and it would make me feel very glamorous too!

shahana said...

nice presentation dear!

Stevie from GardenTherapy.ca said...

slurrrp!

Nil. said...

Hummmm...

Katy ~ said...

I'm feeling the love in these. I love strawberries!

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