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Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Voila

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
It's strawberry season, I think. It's hard to tell because most of the imported, available-year-round berries are totally tasteless. But maybe you bought some delicious local berries at the market and were looking for a creative beverage to use them in? It's your lucky day! Let's make a drink called The Voila, a strawberry cocktail with an adult edge, black pepper, how nouvelle! This delicious drink was created by Chef Cedric Tovar of the Peacock Alley Restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

2 ounces fresh strawberry puree
2 ounces vodka
3 mint leaves
3 black peppercorns
1 strip lime zest
5 drops of lime juice

Using a a muddler, crush the pepper and the mint in a glass. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice cubes and shake well. Pour into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a slice of fresh strawberry.