Summer fresh strawberries shine in a Memorial Day cocktail


Memorial Day is often marked with friends and family gathering for the holiday. A Memorial Day cocktail featuring summer fresh strawberries is refreshing and bright.

Whether gathering around the grill or lounging by the pool, Memorial Day brings together friends and family. Often considered the start of summer, the holiday event can fill the entire weekend. With the long weekend of gatherings, let summer fresh produce be the star of a Memorial Day cocktail.

Summer strawberries are a sweet treat for any event. From simple desserts to bright salad, strawberries are delicious this time of year. The warm climates and bright sun has created a plump, juicy fruit. Why not take advantage of the bounty and create a scrumptious cocktail.

Since a straight strawberry cocktail can be a little too sweet, a cocktail using some herbaceous notes can offset the sweet. A combination of strawberry and basil makes for a refreshing summer cocktail. The strawberry offers the sweet note while the basil adds a bright note.

Stolichnayahas created a summer fresh strawberry cocktail that is perfect for a Memorial Day gathering. While this recipe features Stoli vodka, the cocktail can be transformed into a mock-tail for designated drivers. The combination of fresh strawberries, lemonade and muddled basil pairs well with barbecue. From hearty ribs to spicy barbecue chicken, this cocktail provides a refreshing contrast.

Stoli’s Memorial Day cocktail: Stoli Strawberry Crushed

"Stoli’s Memorial Day Cocktail: Stoli “Strawberry Crushed”Ingredients:2 to 3 strawberries2 to 3 basil leaves, plus more for garnish1 oz/ Stoli Strawberry VodkaFresh lemonadeDirections:Crush strawberries in a glass. Add basil leaves and gently bruise. Add vodka and lemonade, stir, add ice, and garnish with basil."

While this recipe offers a single serving, the recipe can be increased to a larger pitcher. The vodka and lemonade can be made in a larger batch. If the recipe is increased, basil shouldn’t be pre-bruised. Keep the basil intact and fresh until serving.

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Let the holiday be celebrated with friends and family. Raise a glass to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who went before us.