It's the time of year when I start to look forward to local strawberries popping up. Or at the very least, some big beautiful berries that hail from Florida or California. I figured they were the perfect candidate for our second installment of the #CrushFridayVA series here on the blog!
Fresh sliced strawberries are macerated in sugar, and then given a quick pass through the blender to break apart - you're aiming to keep some chunkage going on in the strawberry still. I love to see that in a cocktail, it let's you know that it's the real deal!
That puree is then mixed with vodka, fresh OJ, triple sec, and a splash of sparkling water - the standard crush ingredients. I happened to have some strawberry flavored sparking water, so I went with that, and it was a nice addition.
It's light and refreshing and bubbly. And you can't beat that gorgeous berry red hue with a stick. It has me yearning for the warm days of summer that are knocking on our door. Happy Friday, y'all![print_this]
The Strawberry Crush
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 oranges, juiced
- 2/3 cup vodka
- 1/3 cup triple sec
- 1/2 cup sparkling water or lemon-lime soda