Strawberry Brunch/Tea Sandwiches

Brunch Strawberry Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches.jpgYummy…All the Way Down the  Throat. No joke. This is a total software update for your palate…and speaking of which; it totally looks like the palette for a still life…calling Kristin!! Since strawberry season is in full swing here, I’m taking it straight to the kitchen. Hope that you do the same. With the marinade in this recipe, any strawberry will work if you live in an “off berry season”!

1 cup thinly slices strawberries
1 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 t honey
Pinch of salt and pepper
Vegetable cream cheese, room temperature (I prefer light)
Bunch baby arugula
8 slices white bread, edged, and cut in half

Toss together berries, balsamic, honey, and salt.
Let sit 30 minutes, then drain.
Spread cheese on all bread slices.
Season 8 bread halves with salt and pepper.
Layer strawberries across these halves.
Top with arugula.
Top with remaining bread slices.

Makes 8 tea sandwiches.

Strawberry Vodka Cocktail

I mean, honestly, this is adult Capri Sun. Only you don’t need to puncture any pouch with a straw. Just sip along for a fun ride. Ummmm.Adult Beverages Strawberry Vodka cocktail

Crushed ice
1 1/2 oz Strawberry Vodka
Wedge of lime
Club soda to top up

Fill lowball glass with ice.
Add vodka.
Squeeze in lime juice.
Top up glass with club soda.
Drop in lime wedge.
Stir.

Strawberry Infused Vodka

Get your cocktail on baby! If you like strawberries and vodka, this post is aimed right atcha! Strawberry season is here in ENC and I picked berries at 903 this past weekend. After I canned my preserves I tried my hand at infusing vodka. Amazing results. Made me feel like a kitchen artist. So, go on and do it, ’cause I’m gonna share cocktail recipes next.

PS…shelf life on the infused vodka is 6 + months. WOW!Adult Beverages Strawberry VodkaWhat you need:
Quart size canning jar
30 + strawberries, rinsed and dried
1/4 cup sugar
Mild vodka (I use Tito’s)

Rinse the jar well and dry it.
Remove stem from berries and quarter them.
Fill jar to top with berries.
Add sugar.
Fill jar with vodka.
Cover with lid.
Shake.
When berries turn pink, about 2 days, strain vodka and save.
Toss berries out.
If you like a stronger strawberry flavor, repeat the process.