- 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 yumsugar.com