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Recipe

Vodka-Berry Lemonade

Servings: 1

I love a good berry lemonade; it hits all the sweet and sour notes I want in a refreshing afternoon drink and also makes a welcoming Kentucky Derby cocktail for folks who may not want bourbon.

Ingredients

  • 2 strawberries, trimmed
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • Pinch granulated sugar
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (see Tip, below)
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Splash club soda

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 230
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 15
  • Carbohydrates (g): 28
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Sugar (g): 26
  • Protein (g): 0

Preparation

  • In a highball glass or julep cup, gently muddle 1 strawberry with the leaves from one mint sprig and the sugar until the strawberry is almost completely broken up, about 20 seconds.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, and the leaves from the second mint sprig. Fill with ice and shake for at least 30 seconds. Add ice to a highball glass, and strain the cocktail into the glass, topping with a splash of club soda. Garnish with the remaining mint sprig and strawberry.

Tip

Simple syrup can be purchased, but it’s easy to make. Combine equal parts granulated sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cool before using.

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