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This is Week #23 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

I'm a day late with this post again this week. I'm not sure how much time I will have in the coming days to post, so please forgive me for that. (If you are interested in following the progress of our son's surgery, you can follow us here.)

So, drinks! Summer drinks! I love them. For me, lovely Minnesota weather = fun drinks, bbq-ing and family/friend outside time. When you endure an insanely cold and treacherous winter, these things all become really exciting. I was excited to mix up a fun new cocktail for my husband and me to enjoy in the 95-degree weather this week. It's the kind of cocktail you can't drink more than one of, or at least I can't. Its sweetness satisfied me after just one, and we are saving the rest for another day. I have placed the remainder in the freezer for a post-surgery indulgence.

In a medium bowl, toss together:

3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped

2/3 cup sugar

Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.

In a blender, combine half each of:

The strawberries and their juices

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup of ice

Puree and pour into a pitcher.

Repeat with the remaining strawberries, juices, vodka and lime juice and 1 more cup of ice.

Fill 10 glasses (or just 2, and chill/freeze the rest) halfway with ice. Pour into the glasses and top each with:

1/2 tablespoon chilled Riesling


I hope you are all enjoying this hot summer weather as much as I am.

By the way, the pile of snow is gone. :)

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (12)

Oh, this looks so refreshing! And I am sending positive energy to you and to your son!

06.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

How you can write with one foodie voice here and another voice on your personal blog I do not know, I'm amazed that you are able to do both. But then I've haven't met a serious foodie yet, who hasn't been been able to accomplish amazing things.

06.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterApron Appeal

This is a dangerous a good way that is :-)

06.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuanita

FINALLY! I'm so glad that stupid pile of snow is finally gone. I was sick of that silly thing. Delicious summer drink. I may have to taste test this for you :) Chin up, mom. Your itty bitty is gonna be just fine. Buzzed!

06.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Oh this looks so pretty! Fun drinks are a right of passage for putting up with MN winters! I live there and in WI for years. Now I am in IA, and it isn't much better! Wishing you the best of luck with your son over the next few days!

Strawberries, lime, vodka and ice? I am in! This drink sounds amazing perfect for a summer get together.

What a misleading title! Definitely perked my interest though! Haha. Don't fret about the recipe due dates, life is what happens while we are making plans. Good luck with the surgery.

06.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Gorgeous, refreshing cocktail! Hope your son's surgery goes well~

06.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Redhead in bed, what a provocative title for a cocktail! :)

06.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamar

I have so many strawberries and this is just the use for them :) It looks fantastic! We are having friends over to grill out tomorrow night and this is definitely being added to the menu...thank you!

I think I need this!! What a lovely cocktail.

06.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

Beutiful recipe, beautiful photos! Yum!!!!

06.17.2011 | Unregistered Commentercooking rookiec

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