Nothing Says Summer Quite Like the Freshest Fruit and Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka
Nothing says summer like a sweet, juicy strawberry, but picking the freshest fruit for your summer soiree can pose quite the challenge. If you can’t tell a good apple from a sour grape, not to worry – Pinnacle Vodka enlisted the help of Sara Gore, entertaining expert and co-host of “New York Live,” for its “Life Skills of the Highly Entertained” series to help overcome entertaining challenges.
Ripe for the picking is new Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka. Hitting shelves this month, it’s the perfect addition to a summer get-together and Sara’s first choice to mix up a refreshing warm-weather cocktail.
The stylish host with a passion for food loves to entertain and is sharing some tips below to pick the perfect produce and create a drink your guests will love –
PICKING THE PERFECT BERRY – Bigger is not always better. Typically, the smaller the berry, the more intense the flavor. Go for berries that are bright in color and plump with shiny skin. Berries don’t ripen after you pick them, so keep that in mind if you see any that haven’t turned red yet. If buying a container, pick up the carton and take a look underneath to ensure they haven’t turned to mush on the bottom. While you’re there, take a whiff. Those berries will smell as good as they taste!
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BERRY – After picking the perfect berries, you have to know how to store them. Keep in mind berries are always best eaten within a couple of days of purchase. When planning a menu, buy them last and keep them cold and dry. To make berries last longer, make sure you don’t wash them until you are ready to eat them. Place them in a single layer on a paper towel in a container or on a sheet tray covered with plastic wrap. Rinse in cold water before eating.
MUDDLE UP – Sure strawberry lemonade is great on its own, but adding a spirit like vodka gives it a nice happy hour spin. Muddling in a fresh herb will give it another dimension of flavor. Add your leaf of choice to the bottom of the glass. Using your favorite muddler, crush the leaves to release their flavor. Pour in the remaining ingredients and go from bartender to mixologist in a mere 8- 10 smashes. Sara’s favorite additions to a strawberry vodka lemonade are basil, mint, or even the not so obvious choice of rosemary for a smoky, earthy flavor. Use the same herb as a drink garnish. As everyone who is highly entertained knows, it’s the little things that make all the difference.
- 1 part Pinnacle® Strawberry Vodka
- 2 parts lemonade
- Splash of lemon-lime soda
- Strawberry slice for garnish
- Lemon wedge for garnish
Preparation: Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice and/or a lemon wedge on the rim.
Strawberry Basil Smash
- 2 parts Pinnacle® Strawberry Vodka
- 1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
- 2 parts fresh lemon sour
- 1 whole strawberry, sliced
- 1 fresh basil leaf
- Strawberry for garnish
- Basil leaf for garnish
- Black or pepper medley for garnish
Preparation: Tear the basil leaf and drop into a mixing glass with the strawberry and muddle. Add all remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a strawberry speared with a basil leaf on the rim and a few grinds of black or pepper medley.