Cocktail Friday returns!!! Take it away hubs…

Yo foodies!  It feels SO good to be back in the saddle and shaking drinks for the blogging community.  Happy Friday!  I’ve been loving life with my new gig but all the traveling and deal making has kept me away from the bar. My BAD and thanks for the patience.

Look, I know some of you are still experiencing cool weather out there but it’s H.O.T. in Florida. I find my myself in South Beach every Wednesday with sweaty arm pits every week so cold fruity drinks are all I can think about. Since it’s spring (even though it feels like summer) we are bursting with berries here. I am married to a berry-holic so they’re always on hand. I spotted a gang of strawberries in the fridge and my mind started to wander. Strawberries make me think of a favorite dessert… strawberry shortcake.

Strawberry shortcake sounds pretty good so my mind wandered what it would taste like in a cocktail.

Well, it tastes pretty dang good. Pinnacle Vodka has a good thing going on and their Cake Vodka is no joke. Really this drink is so simple BUT so flavorful. Homemade strawberry syrup and cake vodka…say no more; just mix, sip and smile!

Tina prettied this lovely little drink up with fresh authentic whipped cream and sliced berries. Ain’t it beautiful?

Thanks for you patience people. It feels good to back with you in the blogosphere. Happy Friday to us all.

CHEERS

The Hubs


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Strawberry Shortcake Martini

Yield: 5 martinis

Prep Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Adult Strawberry Shortcake... a drinkable version! 😉

Ingredients:

For the Strawberry Puree (enough for 5 martinis):
16 ounces frozen whole strawberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the Strawberry Shortcake Martini:
2 ounces cake flavored vodka
3 ounces of strawberry puree
fresh whipped cream, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

For the Strawberry Puree:
Simmer for 10 minutes until sugar is dissolved and fruit is softened. Allow to cool and blend vigorously until smooth. If there are any pulp/seeds left, strain through a fine mesh strainer (Note: If you have a Blendtec, blend on whole juice setting and you won't need to strain the mixture).

For the Strawberry Shortcake Martini:
Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Pour into a martini glass and top with (optional) dallop of fresh whipped cream, and garnish with a sliced strawberry.