Strawberry infused vodka spritzer

Spritz it

It’s summer. It’s Australia. And what is the most quintessentially Australian thing to do in summer? That’s right – drink VODKA!

I’m sorry, what was that? The first production of vodka was in Russia in the 9th century and was rarely consumed outside of Europe before the 1950’s?

Oh, oh, well sorrrry for stepping out of my Aussie stereotype.

Shall I throw another shrimp on the barbie? Drink some booze strored in an esky? Then go jump of a pier into a beautiful clear blue ocean*?

Pictures of Australian summer

*all these pics were taken on my Christmas day.

Well yea, I could do all those things.

And then, I could drink vodka! So let’s do that.

First up, we’re going to need to make strawberry infused vodka. There are some fabulous instructions and pics over at Shutterbean.com on how to do this. I did, and it’s really easy. Here is the two minute version:

  1. Vodka + strawberries in jar
  2. Put in cupboard, shake daily
  3. 3 days to 1 week later, remove strawberries and strain with coffee filter
  4. Put in bottle. Ta da!
Strawberries in a jar

You really, really want to do this.

If you use a 750ml bottle of vodka, by the time you’ve thrown away the fruit (as Tracy from Shutterbean wisely says, only eat it if you want to get really messed up) and strained it you end up with about 600mls of vodka.

Now, take that vodka, some Cointreau, crush up some ice and put it in some glasses (exact quantities below).

Put your vodka and ice in a glass
Get some limes, palm sugar (or brown sugar) and mint in a mortar and pestle and give it a good muddle (I think that’s the technical term).

Lime, mint and palm sugar

Spoon your muddled lime, palm sugar and mint evenly into the glasses.

Add your muddled lime, palm sugar and mint

Taking your 1960’s style soda syphon – spritz it! I.e. add some soda water.

Strawberry vodka spritzer

Enjoy!


Makes four drinks

Ingredients
75mls strawberry infused vodka in each glass
25mls Cointreau or orange liquor such as triple sec in each glass
4 limes
2 tablespoons palm sugar (found in Asian groceries, or use brown sugar)
1 tablespoon mint
Soda water

Note on alcohol content: What are you here for, a haircut? But seriously, this is a strong drink made with the above proportions. It’s over three standard drinks. Drink wisely, alter proportions as needed.

Method

  1. Place vodka, Cointreau and crushed ice in each glass
  2. Muddle limes, palm sugar and mint together
  3. Using as spoon evenly add muddles lime mixture to glasses
  4. Spritz with soda water and enjoy!

Healthy? Alcohol is what we call ‘empty calories’. And you may have 265 of ‘em for this drink. Don’t worry, after the first one you won’t care anymore.

Gluten free: Why yes, this is a celiac friendly drink!

Storage: Just drink it.

13 Comments on Strawberry infused vodka spritzer

  1. disseminatedthought
    29 December 2011 at 10:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Vodka-infused anything is fantastic – I’m going to have to try this at the weekend!

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  2. Budget Bon Viveur
    30 December 2011 at 6:37 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds like a great New Year’s Eve drink :)

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  3. sportsglutton
    30 December 2011 at 8:09 am (3 years ago)

    I’d welcome having this drink in front of me any time of the day.

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  4. Kristy
    30 December 2011 at 2:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Fan. Tas. Tic. Another drink to put on my New Year’s agenda. :) Even if it’s not summer here – it is unseasonably warm. ;)

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  5. ceciliag
    31 December 2011 at 5:31 am (3 years ago)

    Most definitely my kind of drink and SO EASY! Though I think it would be best not to throw the strawberries into the chook bucket!!

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  6. The Hook
    31 December 2011 at 6:31 am (3 years ago)

    Looks cool! If I only drank…

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  7. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    31 December 2011 at 9:47 am (3 years ago)

    This drink sounds fab! How perfect for your nice summer day. It’s not bad here in Sunny So. Cal either…it’s in the low 80′s….ahhhh yes, this is why I love So Cal. :)

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  8. Just A Smidgen
    2 January 2012 at 5:13 am (3 years ago)

    What an awesome Christmas… Aussie-style! I would love to have jumped in the ocean on Christmas Day!! These drinks look luscious and I need to make that strawberry infused vodka and get me one of those spritzer gadgets!!

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  9. Jeanne
    5 January 2012 at 2:45 am (3 years ago)

    Mmmmm…maybe I should move to Australia! I love strawberries and I love vodka, so this will be my new favorite drink! Unfortunately, swimming is not a popular Christmas activity here in the US – it’s a bit chilly this time of year!

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  10. Patty
    5 January 2012 at 12:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I like your Christmas! I seemed to have missed one of your fabulous cocktails, oh well maybe next year;-)

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  11. sweetaddict
    29 June 2012 at 3:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Mmmm…now that summer has finally arrived, this drnk will be on the menu

    Reply

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