Strawberry Mint Cooler and a Toast to the World Food Championships Blogger Summit

Great news!  If you recall my post from earlier this month, I had applied for one of the coveted 50 spots at the World Food Championships Blogger Summit being held this November in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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I was accepted!!  Woo hoo!  I can not wait to attend this year…the schedule sounds absolutely fabulous and I will share it in more detail closer to the event.  Right now, I want to toast the event with a little liquid libation!  Here is my Strawberry Mint Cooler…just right for a hot and humid day in August!

Strawberry Mint Cooler

Strawberry Mint Cooler

Strawberry Mint Cooler

1/2 cup strawberries (approx. 4 large)
5 mint leaves
3/4 ounces simple syrup
2 ounces vodka
1 – 2 ounces lemon lime soda
Garnish – mint leaves and strawberries

Place the strawberries into a blender and blend on high speed until pureed. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain puree into a small bowl; set puree aside.

In a cocktail shaker, place the mint leaves and simple syrup, muddle. Add in the vodka and reserved strawberry puree; cover and shake. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass, top with soda to fill glass.

Garnish with mint and strawberry.

Makes 1 drink.

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