I may be the cook in the house but, Mr. Schwartz is definitely the bartender. He is a master of the cocktail and has only made one concoction that I didn't care for. It was supposed to be some orange creamsicle thingie and ended up tasting like well, a dirty diaper. But, of the hundreds of cocktails he has made, to only have one fail, that's pretty good in my book.
This cocktail is no exception. I came home the other day to the house smelling lovely. Let's be honest, Mr. Schwartz doesn't do a whole lotta cooking unless you count boiling venison brats (insert puke face). Not that he can't cook, he just doesn't have the chance with me in the kitchen 24/7. Anyway, I came home and our house smelled like a summer day. Obviously I was intrigued and asked what in the world made our house smell so good. Mr. Schwartz replied "Oh, I just made some strawberry simple syrup. I'm going to make some cocktails." Hells yeah. Here is his concoction.
Perfect summertime cocktail.
Strawberry Lemon Spritzer
For the Strawberry Lemon Simple Syrup
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups strawberries
1/2 lemon's zest and juice
In a medium sauce pan, add the sugar, water and strawberries that have been cleaned, and cut into pieces. Zest the lemon and squeeze the juice into the pan. Toss the remaining lemon rind into the pan as well.
Bring to a simmer on medium high heat. Once simmering, reduce to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, strain into a bowl and shmoosh the strawberries so no liquid remains. Let cool in the fridge.
For the Strawberry Lemon Spritzer
(makes one cocktail)
1 cup ice
1 shot of citrus infused vodka (more or less depending on your liking)
10 oz soda water
2 tablespoons (or so, give or take depending on your taste) strawberry lemon simple syrup
Strawberry and lemon for garnish
Add the ice to a tall glass. Measure the vodka and pour into the glass. Fill the glass almost all the way full with soda water. Pour in the strawberry lemon simple syrup in and stir. Garnish with strawberry and lemon.
Recipe by: Mr. Schwartz