Strawberry 'Martini' with Lemongrass Foam

  • Total: 3 hr
  • Prep: 1 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 pints strawberries, prepped and halved

1/2 cup citrus flavored vodka

1 tablespoon mint, fine julienne, save 4 small sprigs for garnish

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

6 lemongrass stalks, white part only, sliced

2 slices peeled ginger

2 lemons, zested

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 sheet gelatin

Directions

  1. Place the strawberries in a bowl and fold in with vodka and mint. Store in the refrigerator until cold about 1 hour.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, mix water and sugar until dissolved. Add lemongrass, ginger and lemon zest and bring to a simmer. Cover with a plate or lid and reduce by 1/2, or until a syrupy consistency is achieved, about 45 minutes.
  3. Mix in lemon juice and keep syrup warm on low heat. Bloom the gelatin in 1 cup water and add to warm syrup to dissolve. Strain syrup and keep at room temperature. It will thicken as it cools.
  4. Place syrup in a foaming canister with 2 cartridges and set aside. Strain the strawberries before serving and place the strained vodka in the freezer (optional).
  5. In 4 chilled martini glasses, place a small mound of the strawberries. Foam the lemongrass mixture on top and garnish with mint sprig.
  6. Beverage suggestion: Chilled Fino Sherry, Bandol Rose Domaine Tempier 1998