Fresh Strawberry Martini
PUBLISHED ON: 04.10.2010
Strawberries are plentiful in Florida in April. In fact, right now Florida has an over abundance of strawberries and they are reasonably priced. This means that I am buying more strawberries than I need and am looking for ways to use them.
I can’t think of a more perfect way to use fresh strawberries than in a refreshing cocktail. I will tell you that the fruit used in this cocktail should be as ripe and as fresh as possible to produce the most flavor. A dash of simple syrup should only be used to ripen the fruit flavor and is not intended to create a frou-frou a/k/a syrupy sweet drink.
2 ounces good quality vodka
1/2 ounce frais de bois (optional)
A dash of simple syrup
Crush three fresh strawberries in a shaker, using a muddler or the flat end of a barspoon. Add ice, a large shot of vodka, a dash of frais de bois, and a hint of simple syrup to taste. Shake the mixture sharply and strain into a frosted martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.
That looks wonderful Velva!!! What is frais de bois?
Looks very refreshing!
That is a must do cocktail, awesome.Have a great weekend x
What a great cocktail! Love that bright color rendered by the fresh strawberries.
A beautiful cocktail that's not too sweet? You are speaking my language, girl! Yum!
I know you say to use fresh, but I still have some strawberries in the freezer from last year (vacuum sealed), so I'm going to give them a whirl and have some frozen margaritas!
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good advice on the syrup
Strawberries are in abundance here as well, probably because they were shipped over from FL. This martini is definitely what I need to get me through this weekend. Sounds delicious.
I just heard a news report on strawberries being plentiful. I am hoping that's true here in Nebraska.This looks delicious! Have you tried Agave Nectar? I was listening to a radio show yesterday and they talked about making cocktails with Agave instead of simple syrup. I can't wait to try it. Anything to cut back on the white sugar, which I eat WAY too much of.
Strawberries are a good price in my little town, too. I'm sure they come straight from Florida!
Our strawberry season here in Florida got pushed back a bit because of all the freakish cold weather. However, man are they good right now. Your martini look amazing. I'm going to make some for my dinner party tonight. Thank you for sharing. You covered strawberries and I posted about tomatoes last night. We're doing our local state produce proud.
I would love to try this. Very beautiful color and refreshing.
It looks lovely!!!!!!!!!! and perfect for the good weather we have at the mo!
I can dring to that! Freeze those beauties for later!
Oh this looks great. Good I have another wonderful strawberry idea. Yes we have an over abundance of them, and a lot of them are in my fridge right now! 🙂
Such a sweet, pretty glorious drink! Waiting 2 more months for strawberry season.
This sounds so wonderful! I could use a sip right now. We are soon to be in strawberry season in Kentucky and I can't wait. Right now we just have to pick up the ones from FL in the supermarket. 🙂
What a gorgeous drink :D. It looks so fresh and girly (like me LOL).*kisses* HH
Hi Velva,I looked up Fraise de bois but where can I find it in Tallahassee??
Oh Velva! Again you come up with a killa cocktail! If we lived closer to each other I think we would be bffs!!!
My Farmhouse Kitchen
Velva..my timing sure was good today..i stop by and see this little delight…wish i was therekary
oh wow, this would improve even the worst day! lovely!
Woo Wee! Come to mama! After a rough day with the kids, I could literally drink several of these:D
I just picked up strawberries at the Farmer's market yesterday. They were so good, we ate them all just as they were. Next time I'll save a few for my martini.Mimi
This is a gorgeous cocktail! Me likey! 🙂
The Glamorous Gourmet
OMG that looks soo delicious & refreshing! Cheers to you XO:)
Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
This totally would have been nice to have tonight! Where were you when I needed you! I even have have the strawberries! 🙂
I bought a huge container of strawberries at Costco the other day. I couldn't resist, they were such a good price! I've been busy slicing and freezing them. What a nice, refreshing drink! I'll have to use some of my strawberries on this recipe! 🙂
T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types
What a wonderful idea! So much better than the too-sweet daqueri.
Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen
We love martinis in our house and this one looks particularily refreshing.Sam
That martini looks amazing! Can definitely live without the frou-frou, great idea!
I love fruity, not-too-sweet cocktails so this sounds perfect to me!I really like the look of that breakfast strata too. So easy!
this is a red marvel bravo !! Pierre
Oh, this looks marvelous! Think I will serve at my spring time cocktail party in May – was looking for something new and seasonal to delight my guests!
Laura in Paris
I was in a mood for a drink and found your recipe while browsing the blogs I follow. thanks! Sunday evening with friends in the Sarthe .. and soon a Martini in my hand!
PERFECT for a Sunday Brunch or for a lazy, sunny afternoon on the porch.
That looks berry delicious! (Feel free to boo that one;) )
Ha ha to Chris! Hmmm, shall I place my order for a special 'E-tini' to be ready when your door bell rings on a special Tuesday evening?
Beautiful, elegant, seasonal, delicious, and alcoholic–I love it!
What a beautiful drink! Strawberries won't be in season here for about another month…I can't wait! 🙂
Yum! And thank you to FL for all of the strawberries – we are getting great deals up here in MA on them too!
Looks positively ambrosial! I just started eating my first strawberries of the season. The first sign that spring is finally here!
The Absence of Alternatives
This looks divine! You are getting better and better at taking these pictures! (Not that they are not great before, but this one looks professionally done!)
À LA GRAHAM
This looks so good…I love anything with strawberries and a good cocktail never hurt! Saw you over on Bo's site and glad I checked you out…fabulous blog! 🙂
A nice relaxing drink in the evening after work….hmmmmmm!
Looks very refreshing….beautiful colour!
The photos on your blog are beautiful!
Looks sinfully good! We have a bumper crop of strawberries, this year, so this will be a good way to use them! Cheers!
yummy…what a great drink…a must trysweetlife
Yum! That's one good looking cocktail!
Oh how much nicer my Monday would be if I had something as sweet as this to sip on. I don't think my boss would mind one bit. 🙂
Like potato chips…you just can't have one!
I am truly happy to find a foodie from Florida with well thought out dishes and a Gator fan to boot. Excellent use of your abundance of strawberries with this cocktail. If only I was back home in Pensacola so I could be picking strawberries as I used to to create such a splendid drink. Great to find your blog and a football fan with good taste.
A fresh strawberry martini? That sounds and looks heavenly!
oh, goodness! Would love to have one of these in my hand right now…gorgeous.
I will have to try this…yum!
A perfectly beautiful and refreshing cocktail!
Mags @ the Other Side of 50
We're a few months away from fresh strawberries here, but I'm definitely keeping this in mind for a fresh summery drink. Looks delicious!
Sophie Sportende Foodie
A grand cocktail, Velva!! Very refreshing too!Many greets from sunny Brussels!
I've never seen a cocktail like this one, Velva!It looks divine! What a great, fresh, spring idea!
This looks amazing,Velva! Beautiful color…. I would love a couple 🙂
Beautiful drink and it would make me feel very glamorous too!
nice presentation dear!
Stephanie from GardenTherapy.ca
I'm feeling the love in these. I love strawberries!