I especially love this drink because it combines 2 of my favorite flavors (lemon and strawberry) with my favorite alcohol: vodka. Vodka mixes well with almost anything, but it mixes with lemon particularly well. This Strawberry Lemonade Vodka tastes awesome—a great balance of sweet and tart!
- FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP:
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- FOR THE DRINK:
- 1 pint Fresh Strawberries, Hulled
- 1 cup Fresh Lemon Juice (about 8 Lemons Should Yield 1 Cup)
- 1 cup Vodka
- 6 cups Cold Water, Or As Needed
- Sugar To Rim The Glasses
- Fresh Strawberries Or Lemon Slices, For Garnish
Make a simple syrup by combining sugar with water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.
Once the simple syrup has cooled, puree strawberries in a food processor or blender with ½ cup water.
In a large pitcher, combine strawberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice. If using the vodka, add it to the pitcher and stir to combine, along with as much ice as desired.
Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your tastes, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve desired sweet/tart balance.
Rim your glasses with sugar before pouring, then garnish with fresh strawberries or lemon slices.