“Dance as if no one is watching, sing as if no one is listening, and live every day as if it were your last” ~ an Irish toast

It’s official, strawberry season is in full effect!  It seems like every Farmer’s Market stand and grocery store has a huge display of fresh strawberries as soon as you walk through the door.  Perfectly plump and bursting with flavor, now is the time to be stocking up and enjoying the sweet tastes of this summer fruit.

Since everyone love a crisp and refreshing cocktail in the summer, this recipe for Strawberry Martini’s (or the Strawberry-tini as I like to call it) is the perfect drink to serve at your next party.  It’s easy to make and will have your guest asking for more.

Strawberry set up

The key to this drink is the ruby-red strawberry simple syrup.  Not only does it creates the beautiful, rich color of the cocktail, but it adds just the right amount of fresh-from-the-garden strawberry flavor.  It’s the perfect complement to ice cold vodka on a warm summer afternoon!   Make a large batch of the simple syrup ahead of time and it will keep in the fridge for up to a month.  You will be ready to amaze your friends and family with your bartender skills when they pop in for a visit!  If possible, use freshly picked strawberries from your local Farmer’s Market or fruit stand to really turn the flavor a notch.

strawberrry straining 2

Don’t worry if you don’t have  a cocktail shaker or a fancy bar strainer on hand.  A large mason jar, with a lid, and a fine mesh strainer work just as well.


To make two servings, put one cup of ice into your mason jar or cocktail shaker.  Add 4 ounces of chilled vodka and 8 ounces of chilled strawberry simple syrup.  Secure lid and shake.

Pour the mixture into your martini glasses using a strainer to separate out the ice.   Add a sliced strawberry to the rim of each glass as a garnish and serve.

These babies are strong but oh so refreshing! Cheers!


Fresh From the Garden: STRAWBERRY-TINI

Yield: 2 servings


    For the Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • 4 cups of fresh strawberries, rinsed, with tops removed and cut in half
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • For the Strawberry-Tini Cocktail
  • 4 ounces chilled Vodka
  • 8 ounces chilled Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • 2 fresh strawberries, rinsed with tops on
  • 1 cup of ice


    Strawberry Simple Syrup
  1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan, dissolve the sugar in the water over medium heat.
  2. When sugar is completely dissolved, add strawberries and lemon juice.
  3. Stirring occasionally, let simmer for 15 minutes until liquid is deep red and strawberries are soft.
  4. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to separate the fruit from the liquid.
  5. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Strawberry-Tini Cocktail
  7. Put one cup of ice into your mason jar or cocktail shaker. Add chilled vodka and strawberry syrup.
  8. Secure lid and shake.
  9. Pour through strainer to separate the ice.
  10. Garnish with a strawberry on each glass and enjoy!


Make your simple syrup first thing in the morning and use the leftover fruit as a topping for French Toast or as a fruit spread on buttered toast. The fruit is still full of flavor and can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.

*The simple syrup recipe will yield 2-3 cups (depending if you leave some juice in with your cooked fruit). This will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month and can also be used as a topping for ice cream or as a substitute for maple syrup on pancakes.


1 comment on “Fresh From the Garden: STRAWBERRY-TINI”

  1. Why do you tell me the vodka and syrup amounts in ounces and everything else in cups? Especially since you tell me the yield of the syrup recipe is 2-3 cups. Is it common to give alcohol amounts in ounces? Is that standard?

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