07 Jun Strawberry Fields Smash
Oh Happy Day! Today is the first day of the BlogHer Food ’13 conference! I’m pumped and ready to get my BlogHer on.
Yesterday, it felt like the day before the first day of high school. I had some serious pre-conference jitters.
What am I going to wear? Who am I going to sit with? What if I say something stupid? What if I have something in my teeth and nobody tells me?
But I’m cool now. Promise. I sat myself down and we had a little pep talk. Mostly about how I need to suck it up because I’m going to learn ALL the blog things and meet ALL the amazing talented bloghers. AND I’m probably going to get to eat a lot of really amazing food. Which is kind of my thing. So I’m past the jitters. NOW I’M SUPER PSYCHED.
You know what else today is? My very first cocktail post! In the spirit of calming pre-conference nerves, I gift you with vodka. You’re welcome.
This recipe is
stolen borrowed from The Tipsy Pig restaurant in San Francisco. I went there during one of my recent visits and fell in love with their Strawberry Fields cocktail.It probably has a little something to do with my love for all things in mason jars and a lot of something to do with the amazeballs-ness of the strawberries in California (produce just isn’t as tasty in Texas). I did my best to replicate the real thing and I have to say, I think I did a pretty darn good job.
A pestle comes in extremely handy for smashing the strawberries into a puree so that it doesn’t clog your straw. You could actually puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor before hand, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a “smash” cocktail, which is basically just a cocktail where you smash fruit in the bottom of the glass before adding the booze. Unfortunately, I DO NOT have a pestle so I ended up spending way more time than I should have smashing strawberries with several blunt instruments in order to reach the desired consistency.
Moral of this story: make it easier on yourself than I did, get a pestle. You can use it to make fun cocktails all summer long.
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Have a great weekend!
- 3-4 large strawberries, chopped
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 2 tsp simple syrup
- Topo Chico, or sparkling mineral water of your choice
- In a 1 pint mason jar (or glass of your choosing) use pestle to thoroughly muddle the strawberries.
- Add lime juice, and simple syrup. Note: you may want to add more or less simple syrup, depending on the sweetness of your strawberries.
- Add ice to the glass and pour in vodka.
- Top off with Topo Chico and garnish with a lime.