Strawberry Cocktail: Seven Year Itch

Sparkling wine gives this strawberry cocktail some extra pep.

1½ oz. strawberry-infused vodka
½ oz. elderflower liqueur
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
3 fresh strawberries
Sparkling wine
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail or wine
Garnish: strawberry

Muddle the strawberries in a mixing glass and add the elderflower liqueur, vodka and lemon. Shake with ice until chilled. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish.

Strawberry-Infused Vodka: Remove stems from about 30 strawberries, and cut them into quarters. Fill one quart-sized canning jar with the berries and add ¼ cup brown sugar to jar. Fill jar with vodka, cover lid and shake. Then, put canning jar in the fridge for approximately 2 days. Once the mixture turns pink after a couple of days, strain vodka and toss the berries. For more strawberry flavor, repeat steps 1 – 5.

Ruben M. Chavez, 3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails, Dallas

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