Tempting Strawberry Cocktails
Picture this… A warm Lowcountry afternoon, a sun-soaked front porch, and a fresh Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail in hand (garnished with juicy slices of strawberry). When cocktail hour calls, nothing beats a smooth cocktail made with Tito’s, served with the freshest ingredients around; seasonal staples that add bright flavors to every sip and are sure to have you serving up a second round. From homemade infusions to classic cocktails and even elevated libations, Tito’s is made to be simple, smooth, and easy to drink, so you can enjoy every sip with your favorite fresh fixin’s. Drop a handful of just-picked berries into a bottle of the good stuff for a sweet addition to any sunny-day cocktail; muddle up aromatic mint and zesty citrus to cool down your days as temperatures climb; grab a batch of savory herbs and add a garden-fresh feel to your favorite drinks. No matter how you prefer to raise a glass, just add a splash of Tito’s with whatever your latest farmers market haul has to offer. To find farm-fresh cocktail recipes, infusions and more, visit titosvodka.com.
750 ml Tito’s Handmade Vodka
16 ounces of strawberries
Drop sliced strawberries into a glass container filled with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Let sit in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Once desired flavor is reached, remove fruit.
1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka (or try it with a Strawberry Infusion)
1 1/2 ounces sparkling water
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
6-10 mint leaves
5 fresh strawberries, muddled
Gently muddle mint leaves and strawberries in a shaker. Add Tito’s Handmade Vodka, sugar, fresh lime juice and ice. Shake well and pour everything into a rocks glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a mint sprig and lime slice.
Farm hack: Sweeten your strawberries
Strawberry harvest begins in the latter part of March here in the Lowcountry. If birds are getting to your berries first, the Clemson Cooperative Extension offers an easy solution: Simply mix 5 pounds of table sugar in 2 quarts of water and apply it to the plants as the berries begin to color. Birds lack the enzymes to digest sucrose, and it is also distasteful to birds. Another option could be grape-flavored Kool-Aid. Grapes contain the chemical methyl anthranilate, which discourages birds from feeding. Mix 4 packets of Grape Kool-Aid in 1 gallon of water and apply it to the plants as the berries begin to change color.
Source: Clemson Cooperative Extension