Summer garden smash – a botanical vodka cocktail

I was recently asked to create a botanical cocktail for the Ness Gardens Botanical Cocktail project, and I thought I’d share my “Summer Garden Smash” cocktail with you.

summer garden smash cocktail

The idea behind the project is to incorporate herbs into cocktail recipes and I have been allocated vodka as my spirit base, (which is great as I have a lovely bottle of Grey Goose vodka burning a hole in my kitchen cupboard). I was provided with the following infographic as inspiration, and because vodka is apparently light enough to work with most strong herb flavours I decided to pair it with fresh mint and strawberries for a summer garden theme.

Spirit and Herb Pairings

Ingredients (for 1 serving)

  • 5 strawberries
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • Juice from a quarter of a lime
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 50ml measure of vodka
  • Lemonade

Method

  1. Crush the mint leaves together with the strawberries, sugar and lime juice. I preferred to keep some chunks of strawberry to create a “rustic” look, but you could go for a smoother puree.
  2. Mix together with ice and the vodka in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour into glasses (or jam jars), top off with a splash of lemonade and garnish.

vodka mint cocktail

strawberry mint vodka cocktail

A lovely refreshing cocktail for a summer garden party.

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