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.
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. :)