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Happy Hour: Pink Torpedoes

Inspired by a cocktail class I recently attended, I decided to make my own strawberry-infused vodka. The technique is simple: all you have to do is slice a bunch of strawberries and combine them with the vodka and a little sugar. Then you let it sit for a couple of days until the vodka has a vibrant pink color. Unlike store-bought-infused vodkas, this homemade variation has a sweet-tart berry flavor that's neither syrupy or cloying. Once the vodka is ready, you can sip it solo or make a pink torpedo like I did.

This fizzy-girlie drink combines the vodka with limoncello and sparkling wine. If you don't have sparkling wine, you can substitute sparkling water. It's a fabulously refreshing concoction perfect for enjoying on a warm afternoon. To look at the recipe,

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Pink Torpedoes

Pink Torpedoes

Pink Torpedoes

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups vodka, chilled
  2. 1 1/2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
  3. 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  4. Limoncello
  5. One 750-ml bottle sparkling wine or sparkling water, chilled

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the vodka, two-thirds of the sliced strawberries and the granulated sugar. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until the vodka turns pink, about 6 hours. Refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days.
  2. Fill 6 glasses with ice. Strain the vodka and divide among 6 tall glasses.
  3. Add a splash of limoncello to each glass and top off with the sparkling wine or sparkling water. Garnish with the remaining strawberry slices.

Makes 6 drinks.


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Jepa Jepa 8 years
I´we made cinnamon vodka a couple of times, just put a stick of cinnamon in to a bottle of vodka and leave for about a week depending on the strength of flavor you want. Make sure not to leave it for to long or it will start to taste a bit "woody". Brilliant mixed with raspberry juice.
girlydrinks girlydrinks 8 years
This looks and sounds amazing. Do the strawberries go bad in the bottle after a few days?
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