Tonight's Cocktail - Strawberry Cooler
The ingredient list is somewhat lengthy and somewhat esoteric, so feel free to substitute as necessary.
2 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. French (dry) vermouth
1 1/2 oz. fresh organic strawberry puree
3/4 oz. fresh organic Meyer lemon juice (or substitute 3/4 oz. fresh organic normal lemon juice)
3/4 oz. rich simple syrup
1 dash rose water
1 1/2 oz. seltzer
Garnish: lemon wheel and fresh mint bouquet (both organic)
Combine all ingredients, except seltzer, and shake briefly to incorporate. Add seltzer to shaker tin and strain all ingredients into an ice-filled Collins glass (note: photo does not show a proper Collins glass). Garnish
For the strawberry puree: Remove the tops from 1 pint of fresh organic strawberries and blend until smooth. Push through a sieve into a clean jar and store refrigerated for up to 1 week.