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Vodka Strawberry Cooler

Courtesy Michael Neff, bar director, The Cottonmouth Club, Houston

Strawberries and sparkling wine are a classic combination. Here, vodka and lemon juice provide a bracing, bright background to yield something just right for a casual daytime event, especially one that might linger until the sun goes down.

Femme Fatale 

Courtesy Matt Corbin, spirits director, 7908 Aspen, Aspen, CO

Cucumber juice and zingy lemon­grass combine in this refreshing vodka sipper. To make cucumber juice with a blender, purée about 2¾ cups cubed cucumber until smooth, then strain through a fine mesh strainer.


1⅔ cups fresh lemon juice
1⅔ cups simple syrup
2 cups strawberries, destemmed
750 ml vodka
20 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
750 ml dry sparkling wine, to top
Lemon wheels, for garnish


Up to 2 hours prior, combine lemon juice, simple syrup and strawberries in blender, and purée until cohesive. Add vodka and bitters, and store in refrigerator.

To serve, stir well, and pour into punchbowl over large ice cubes. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon wheels. Serves 15–20.

Femme Fatale

6 cups vodka
4 cups lime juice
3 cups lemongrass-infused simple syrup
2 cups cucumber juice (recipe above)
Cucumber slices, for garnish
Basil leaves, for garnish


Up to 2 hours prior, combine all ingredients except garnish with 2 cups water. Store in refrigerator.

To serve, stir mixture. Pour into punchbowl over large ice block. Insert basil leaves into cucumber slices, and float atop mixture with leaves upright. Serves 15–20.

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