The holidays aren’t quite over yet, friends, which means there’s still time for holiday cocktail making. This year, in addition to the requisite New Year’s Eve champagne, why not try something a little different? I recommend a Scarlet Pimpernel, which I learned how to make at the fabulous Andersonville foodie haven “The Chopping Block” in Chicago. I love this addition of balsamic vinegar to this otherwise sweet and mellow drink– it gives it a nice little kick at the end.
1 1/2 parts Citron Flavored Vodka
1 1/2 parts cranberry juice
6 fresh strawberries
1/2 part Vermouth
Bar spoon of 20 year-old balsamic vinegar
In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries before adding remaining ingredients. Shake vigoriously and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with strawberries.