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Strawberry-Balsamic Cocktail

Happy Hour: Strawberry-Balsamic Crush

Whenever I come across strawberries that are about to go bad — the mushy ones with lots of wrinkles and a deep red color — I set them aside and use them in a cocktail. Many recipes involve muddling the strawberries to extract the juices, so it doesn't really matter if they aren't the prettiest of berries. For adventurous home mixologists, I highly recommend you make use of blemished berries with this recipe for a strawberry-balsamic crush. It's an interesting drink with sweet, tart, and savory notes hitting the palate, one after another. Don't skip the freshly-ground black pepper garnish; it takes this amazing concoction to a whole new level. Seriously, this is a must make for home bartenders; it's a superb libation! Get the recipe after the break.

Strawberry-Balsamic Crush

Strawberry-Balsamic Crush

Strawberry-Balsamic Cocktail Recipe


2 ripe strawberries, hulled, plus 1 for garnish
1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces vodka
Black pepper, freshly ground


  1. In a mixing glass, muddle 2 of the strawberries with the vinegar, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Add the vodka, and top with ice. Shake vigorously.
  3. Either strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice or into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Top with a twist of freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with the remaining strawberry.
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courtneyd courtneyd 5 years
I'm drinking this now, and it's oh so good! I added an extra ounce of vodka. Thanks Katie!
Mandy-Harris Mandy-Harris 5 years
Sounds amazing! I've had a dessert similar to this — strawberries with aged balsamic, whipped cream, and black pepper — and it was so delicious. I'm ready to try the liquid version!
My-Fare-Foodie My-Fare-Foodie 5 years
Just bought a ton of strawberries, so I can't wait to try this tonight!
a-lee a-lee 5 years
Mm.. love the ground pepper addition - so brilliant!
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