Strawberry Vodka Martini – also often referred to as a strawberry vodkatini, or a strawberry kangaroo cocktail, all of which are one thirst-quenching, exceedingly fresh, and easy-to-make strawberry-flavored cocktail crafted with a combination of spirits including vodka, fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry puree, and a strawberry simple syrup which interplay, balance and influence the tasty refreshingly vibrant strawberry martini flavor.
Why You’ll Love This Fresh Strawberry Martini With Vodka
There’s just something about a vividly-colored spirited mixed drink that not only please the eyes but your palette as well.
Fresh strawberries bolster this recipe while the liqueur mainstays share enliven the berry flavor, it’s just a no-miss, winning aperitif all the way around!
- easy to find ingredients
- yields 2 cocktails but can be doubled and tripled or even made by the pitcher
- its strawberry cocktail puree ‘screams’ fresh and is the difference-maker
- Easy to make the strawberry cocktail drink at a party
- The simple syrup enhances and broadens the flavor of the sweet strawberries
- A perfect New Year’s Drink, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Beach or poolside cocktail, Christmas, birthday party, or any BBQ, celebration, or just because of kind of martini!
Bar Equipment Needed To Make The Strawberry Martini Recipe
You can use anything that you already have for all of the following and you don’t have to purchase anything.
However, I do have items that I use in all of my mixology recipes, and I love a well-stocked bar, so these are my suggestions, and I hope that they help you!
- a bar towel or 2
- martini glass or a margarita glass (typically a 9-12 oz glass)
- small fruit blender
- cutting board (for fruits)
- colander (washing fruits)
- Mixing spoon long
- lemon/lime squeezer
- bar stir stick
- Double Jigger
- Shaker for cocktails
You can also find everything you need (not the alcohol but the items above here at my amazon store
Ingredients For Your Strawberry Vodka Martini
These are the ingredients I actually used in my cocktail, and I tested many others.
The combination below delivers a well-balanced taste, where the ingredients interplay well.
Do note that this strawberry kangaroo cocktail is neither a dry martini nor does it use gin.
You’ll also find that I added in ice, in addition to a chilled martini glass, because I make my own rules and ice is refreshing on hot days, and you’ll find that there is plenty of alcohol to ice ratio that the drink is hardly diluted!
- Fresh very ripe strawberries
- My absolute favorite Strawberry Rose Zero Sugar Syrup
- Vermouth (both sweet and dry)
- *Grenadine (optional ingredient)
How To Make A Strawberry Vodka Martini?
I’ll step you through the process and give you a few tips along the way!
You’ll be able to see the video too, which shows the same steps as below!
Remember you can make this a Strawberry Gin Martini by simply swapping out the Vodka for the Gin.
Step 1: Before you prepare your strawberry martini with strawberry puree…
Gather all of your ingredients together, and make sure to slice the lemon, and the berries, setting them aside.
Additionally, have your glasses ready to go (we use chilled martini glasses and you can just toss them in the fridge ahead of time to make this happen, for at least an hour)
Step 2: Prepare the Fresh Strawberries For The Strawberry Martini Recipe
Place your berries and freshly squeezed lemon juice, with the simple syrup into the blender.
You will blend this until it is fully pureed.
Once the berries, lemon, and syrup are blended and pureed, set it aside as you have 2 choices depending on your guest’s preference or yours.
If you are fine with tiny seeds, which occur when using fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries, you can simply move on to step 3.
However, if you don’t prefer seeds in your drinks or whoever you are serving does not, you’ll want to strain the seeds in a fine-mesh strainer into a separate bowl, or glass, and then transfer the puree sins seeds into step 3.
Step 3: Create the Strawberry Martini With Vodka
Transfer the strawberry puree combination into a shaker with a few cubes of ice.
Next, add in the vodka, then the sweet vermouth, and the dry vermouth.
If you are adding in a splash of grenadine you’ll add it in now.
Shake for about 10 seconds, not violently, lol ( I always sing these words with the beat of the song “Shake, shake, shake senora, shake your body line” and as soon as it’s done, I quit shaking it is about 10 seconds!
Step 4: Pour the Strawberry Vodkatini Into A Chilled Glass
Now it’s time to dazzle and delight yourself and anyone else with a poured strawberry vodka martini.
Transfer the mixture from the shaker into your prepared glasses (and you’ll see I added 4 cubes of ice, maybe unorthodox but it is my recipe and as much as I love classic martinis I also love Cool and Refreshing and this delivers both!)
Add a few sliced berries to a fanciful party drink pick for a pop of color, and to munch on and serve!
I believe this strawberry vodkatini is absolutely perfect for New Year’s Eve as the strawberry martini with vodka is red, and tasty and can be decorated with sparkler picks that look like New year’s Eve fireworks.
What To Pair With Your Strawberry Martini With Vodka?
I love pairing foods with each and every drink, after all, the cocktail is supposed to wet your whistle for the upcoming food attractions right?
What Kind Of Snacks Can I Pair With My Strawberry Martini Recipe?
Keep it easy, and light, and I suggest any of the following to share with the strawberry mixed drink.
- charcuterie tray featuring figs, pistachios, and white chocolate pieces
- almonds roasted and salted
- Caprese melon picks
Can You Tell Me A Few Desserts That I Can Serve With A Strawberry Martini?
Go wild with dessert pairings because this drink can handle it.
My personal favorite is Angel Food Cake, but I also love lemon bundt cake, and double chocolate cake too after all strawberries and chocolate are divine together!
What Is The Difference Between a Strawberry Margarita and A Strawberry Martini?
Margaritas are made with Tequila, Curacao/Triple Sec/Grand Marnier, and either lemon or lime juice, plus rimmed with salt, sugar, or cinnamon, whereas these martinis are crafted from vodka (gin), and vermouth, and often garnished with a berry, not a rimmed glass.
- Use Gin Instead of Vodka
- The Grenadine splash is fabulous
- Try frozen strawberries instead of fresh strawberries
- Use flavored strawberry vodka for an even more developed flavor
- Try plain simple syrup instead of Strawberry Rose
- Add cream to the puree for a creamier version of a strawberry martini
- Garnish with lime peel instead of lemon wheels
- Garnish with rose petals instead of snapdragons or pansies
- Add a handful of ice in
- Muddle the berries instead of pureeing the berries
- Use raspberries instead of strawberries
- Add only 1 vermouth instead of 2
Make Your Strawberry Martini Recipe On Demand
Unlike some recipes, I do not suggest making this recipe ahead.
The puree is at its best when it is made fresh right then and there and it only takes seconds.
Strawberry Martini With Vodka FAQs
Can I Use Frozen Strawberries For My Strawberry Vodka Martini?
However, if you are garnishing your strawberry martini (vodkatini) with berries, you’ll want at least a few fresh berries for such.
Is This Strawberry Martini With Vodka Considered a Dry Martini?
No. Because this Strawberry Martini actually has vermouth in it, which breaks the true standards of a dry martini build.
Can I Add Ice To my Strawberry Martini Recipe?
The thing you want to know is that a martini glass is generally chilled, rather than having ice cubes floating in it. However, in this recipe, not only do you use a shaker (with some ice) which takes away from the silky texture you’ll add a few ice cubes (it is optional, however).
Plus the recipe calls for vodka, not gin, so breaking a few more rules is not a big deal, if you want ice in your glass do it!
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Don’t Forget To Come Back And Tell Me How Your Strawberry Vodka Martini Turned Out!
Here’s the Recipe! Enjoy.
- 6-9 Fresh very ripe strawberries
- 1/2 of a Lemon (juice) freshly pressed
- 1/2 Ounce Strawberry Rose Zero Sugar Syrup
- 3 Ounces Vodka
- 1 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
- 1 Ounce Dry Vermouth
- Ice (1/4 Cup)
- 1/2 Ounce or a 'splash' of *Grenadine (optional ingredient)
- At least 30 minutes to 1 hour ahead, place your martini glasses in the fridge.
- Alternatively fill the glasses with ice (1/2 ahead of preparing) and allow them to sit while you prepare the martini. Do note that you will be removing the ice prior to filling the glass with the strawberry vodka martini.
- Gather all of your ingredients together, and make sure to slice the lemon, and the berries, setting them aside.
- Place your berries and freshly squeezed lemon juice, with the simple syrup into the blender.
- You will blend this until it is fully pureed.
- Once the berries, lemon and syrup are blended and pureed, set it aside as you have 2 choices depending on your guests preference or yours.
- If you are fine with tiny seeds, which occur when using fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries, you can simply move on to step 9.
- However, if you don't prefer seeds in your drinks or whoever you are serving does not, you'll want to strain the seeds in a fine mesh strainer into a separate bowl, or glass, and then transfer the puree sins seeds into step 9 (the next step)
- Transfer the strawberry puree combination into a shaker with a a few cubes of ice.
- Next add in the vodka, then the sweet vermouth and the dry vermouth.
- If you are adding in a splash of grenadine you'll add it in now.
- Shake for about 10 seconds, not violently, lol ( I always sing these words with the beat of the song "shake, shake, shake senora, Shake your body line" and as soon as it's done, I quit shaking it is about 10 seconds!
- Now it's time to dazzle, and delight yourself and anyone else with a poured strawberry vodka martini.
- Transfer the mixture from the shaker into your prepared glasses (and you'll see I added 4 cubes of ice, maybe unorthodox but it is my recipe! )
- Add a few sliced berries to a fanciful party drink pick for a pop of color, and to munch on and serve!
- Enjoy ~ Dana XO