The Strawberry Berryoska recipe is amazingly simple and refreshingly delicious. It is, quite simply, a vodka strawberry lemonade that is filled with fresh fruit. You'll find that it's an ideal vodka cocktail for summer.
The best part of this recipe is the fresh strawberries. They are muddled to extract their juice, remain in the glass, and are topped with a smooth Russian wheat vodka and lemonade. It should take just a few minutes to mix up and the simplicity only adds to the drink's appeal.
- Muddle the strawberries in the bottom of a tumbler or old-fashioned glass.
- Add ice, vodka, and lemonade.
- Garnish with strawberry slices laid out in a fan.
(Recipe from Russian Standard Vodka)
A Few Tips for Making the Best Strawberry Berryoska
The Vodka. Vodka has long been associated with Russia and it has a reputation for producing some very smooth options. Russian Standard is one of the best of the U.S. imports and a perfect example of what we've come to expect from the country's signature liquor.
This vodka is distilled four times from winter wheat. Many vodka lovers prefer it over some of the better-known brands like Grey Goose and Absolut, finding that it has a smoother and cleaner taste. Of course, taste is always subjective, but when it typically sells for $10 less than those others, it's definitely worth trying.
As always, feel free to use your favorite vodka in the Strawberry Berryoska. This is a fabulously fresh recipe that will show off any vodka you choose to pour.
The Strawberries. Choose the freshest strawberries for this cocktail. Rinse them in water and remove the stems before cutting each up into about four or five slices to make muddling easier.
When they're out of season, frozen strawberries will do. They're often already mashed, so let them warm up. To speed it up, muddling will break up the ice and release the juice. The drink isn't as neat looking as it is with fresh berries, but you still get the delicious taste.
You can also build on the berry flavor by adding other fresh fruits as they come into season. Raspberries and blackberries are a fun addition, as are blueberries and other fruits like apricot and mango.
The Lemonade. Lemonade is incredibly easy to make at home. All you need is lemon juice, sugar, and water. You will find that a homemade lemonade makes a superior cocktail for this recipe and any other you wish to make.
The key here is that you get to control the sweet-tart balance of the lemonade. Quite often, pre-mixed lemonades are either too sweet or too tart.
By opting for the made-from-scratch option, you have complete control. Plus, it saves quite a bit of money and we do love that.
If you're in the mood for a little sparkle, split the water in your lemonade with club soda or sparkling water.
How Strong Is the Strawberry Berryoska?
As long as you pour at least three ounces of lemonade, the Strawberry Berryoska is a relatively mild cocktail. With an 80-proof vodka, it has an alcohol content of about 12 percent ABV (24 proof). This is average for tall drinks and why it's perfect for casual sipping.
More Fresh Strawberry Vodka Cocktails
Fresh strawberries and vodka make an appearance in a number of tasty cocktails. For instance, the Stoli Accomplice uses another great Russian vodka with muddled strawberries and is topped with Champagne. Then, there's the Cherub's Cup, which adds a little elderflower and opts for a dry Rosé to add the sparkle
A really fun and super quick recipe is the Orchard Catch Cooler. For this, you'll toss a few basil leaves into the muddle, add vanilla vodka, then finish it off with a hard cider. It's a great drink for game day, barbecues, and other "beer"-worthy occasions.
Of course, when you feel like mixing up a boozy strawberry smoothie, there are recipes for that as well. The delicious Love Potion #9 has a touch of chocolate and an ice cream base. Or, should you be in the mood for something that's more tropical than indulgent, the Christmas Jones has a hint of pineapple.
Have fun with your strawberries. They are a fabulous cocktail ingredient and the possibilities are endless.