Strawberry-Balsamic-Cocktail-VideoIngredients:                                             Servings: 1

  • 2 ripe strawberries, hulled, plus 1 for garnish
  • 1 tsp. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 oz.  fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (*see note)
  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • Freshly ground black pepper

*Simple Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. granulated sugar

Preparation:  In a mixing glass, muddle 2 of the strawberries with the vinegar, lime juice and simple syrup.  Add the vodka and top with ice. Shake vigorously.  Either strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice or into a chilled martini glass.  Top with a twist of fresh ground black pepper. Garnish with the remaining strawberry.

*Directions for Simple Syrup:  Combine water and sugar in small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves.  Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and chill completely.  Can be refrigerated for 2 weeks.

** An original Carter & Cavero recipe adaptation from