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Looking for a deliciously refreshing alcoholic drink with fresh strawberries? Look no further than these Vodka Strawberry Drinks! Made with just a few simple ingredients in only a few minutes, this cocktail with strawberry vodka, strawberry syrup, and champagne is the boozy, effervescent, cheers-worthy libation you need right now.

“The colour of this drink is just fabulous and it IS deliciously refreshing – the perfect drink for summer. Cheers and thanks for the yummy drink recipe!”

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Update: This recipe was originally published in April 2015. I made updates to the article below to include more information about making the best alcohol drink with strawberries at home. 

About these alcohol drinks with strawberries

If you’ve been following this website for awhile, you know alcoholic drinks with strawberries are kinda my jam. Remember my strawberry alcoholic milkshakes? Or my sparkling wine sangria? How about my wine float with strawberry sorbet

Like I said. Two thumbs, loves boozy mixed strawberry cocktails = this gal. 🙋🏼‍♀️ So, when I say that I’m pumped to welcome this sparkly newcomer to the hallowed hall of alcoholic drinks with strawberry, you know it’s gonna be good!

If you don’t fall head over heels for this fresh strawberry drink with strawberry vodka, key limeade, sparkling wine, and ALLLL the strawberries, I just don’t know what will. 🍓 

Strawberries and lime are a match made in heaven! The result is a light, bright, pretty-in-pink cocktail that’s a midsummer night’s dream in a glass.

Why you’ll love this strawberry mixed drink

Aside from being lip-smackingly delectable, this alcoholic strawberry drink is also:

  • Quick & Easy – The hardest part is waiting for the simple syrup to cool down. 
  • Batch-able – Don’t you love a good pitcher drink? Me too! This summer drink with strawberry vodka can be mixed up and stored in the fridge for 3 days, then all you need to do is pour them over ice and add a splash of bubbles!
  • Made With Only 6 Ingredients – Water and sugar are two of them, so your grocery list is gonna be really short.
  • Perfect For Warm Weather – This strawberry lime vodka cocktail is exactly what I want to be sipping on whenever I get to take my next vacation. (Pray for me, y’all. Girl needs some DOWN TIME by a pool!)

Ingredients for strawberry vodka cocktail

As promised, you only need a handful of ingredients to make this yummy strawberry limeade punch. Here’s what to grab:

  • Water & Granulated Sugar – For making simple syrup.
    • You’re welcome to swap in honey, agave, or even brown sugar to make your simple syrup, but it’ll have a more complex flavor than neutral granulated sugar.
  • Fresh Strawberries – We’ll blitz these beauties into the simple syrup so the brigh flavor of berries is front and center.
    • Feel free to use defrosted frozen strawberries instead.
  • Key Lime Juice – The mischievous little siblings of the lime family, key limes pack a zesty punch with a hint of floral sweetness that makes this strawberry limeade cocktail extra delish
    • You can certainly use Persian limes, instead. They’re good, don’t get me wrong, they just lack that tangy personality that key limes bring to the party.
  • Strawberry Vodka – You can either buy a bottle from the store, or make your own
    • Plain vodka will work, though your simple vodka drinks with strawberry syrup will be a little less berry-forward if you do.
    • You can also try swapping in other clear spirits like tequila blanco or white rum if you prefer!
  • Champagne – Because you deserve to treat yo’self!
    • Honestly, though, any sparkling white (or rose) wine will do!

Cocktail variations

While I love this key lime vodka drink with strawberries just the way it is, there are plenty of ways for you to make it your own. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Non-Alcoholic Mocktail – If you’re riding that sober curious train, don’t worry — I gotchu, boo. Simply swap in your favorite NA vodka and wine, or use lemon-lime soda for a sweeter option!
  • Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail – Replace the limes with lemons for a pucker-worthy treat.
  • Different Spirits – Using vodka will give you the most pronounced strawberry lime flavor, but it’s not your only choice. Tequila blanco, white rum, coconut rum, or even botanical gin would also be lovely here.
  • Optional for Serving – I’m a firm believer that presentation is at least 50% of the entertaining battle. Add any of the following to instantly spruce up your strawberry vodka limeade punch in a snap:
    • Fresh Strawberries – Feelin’ extra? Cut them into roses!
    • Key Lime Wedges – A little extra squirt of juicy lime is a nice option to give. 
    • Ice Cubes or Crushed Ice – Pull a Starbucks and get yourself a nugget ice maker. Or just smash up your ice cubes using a rolling pin and a clean kitchen towel. That works too!

How to make strawberry syrup for drinks?

Using fresh berries to make strawberry simple syrup for cocktails, drinks (and more) is super simple. Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Make Simple Syrup: Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil. Cook until water turns clear. (This should happen immediately). Remove from heat.
  2. Steep Strawberries: Add strawberries and let seep in sugar water (simple syrup) for at least 20 minutes, or until syrup is room temperature.
  3. Blend Strawberry Simple Syrup: Using an immersion blender, puree the strawberry simple syrup until smooth. Alternatively, you can transfer the strawberries and syrup to a high-powered blender to puree. Then, transfer the pureed mixture to a fine mesh strainer suspended over a large glass measure, bowl, or container. Next, strain the syrup, discarding all the strawberry seeds. Use in your favorite drink and cocktail recipes.

How to make this strawberry cocktail drink

These strawberry alcoholic drinks with strawberry syrup are a snap to make. Here’s how:

  1. Mix Vodka Strawberry Drink: To a tall glass measure, highball glass, or cocktail shaker, add the strawberry simple syrup, key lime juice, and strawberry vodka.
  2. Pour Cocktail: Fill cocktail glasses 3/4th of the way full with ice cubes. Evenly divide the strawberry drink mixture among the glasses and then top the glass off with champagne.
  3. Garnish and Serve: Garnish the drink glasses with fresh strawberries and lime wedges, if using. Enjoy strawberry vodka drink immediately.

Expert tips for the best drinks with strawberry vodka

  • Start with Cold Water for making your simple syrup. Why start with cold water if you’re gonna boil it anyway? Well, as it turns out, hot water leeches more minerals from your pipes than cold water, so cold water often tastes better.
  • Chill and Chill Some More. To ensure your cocktail is perfectly refreshing, chill all the ingredients in the refrigerator beforehand. This includes the strawberry simple syrup, key lime juice, vodka, and champagne. The colder, the better!
  • Experiment with Garnishes. Get creative with your garnishes to add a touch of visual appeal. Besides fresh strawberries and lime wedges, you can try rimming the glass with a sugar-lime zest mixture or adding a sprig of mint for an aromatic twist. Remember, presentation is key!
  • Batch it Up. Hosting a party? Multiply the quantities, prepare a larger batch of the strawberry simple syrup in advance, and refrigerate it. When it’s time to serve, simply mix in the key lime juice, vodka, and bubbly. This way, you can spend more time enjoying the company and less time blending individual drinks.

FAQs: frequently asked questions

You got questions? I’ve got answers! If you have a question you don’t see answered here, please feel free to drop it in the comments section below. I’m more than happy to help when I can!

Do carbonated drinks make you get drunk more quickly?

Ah, the age-old question of whether carbonated drinks can skyrocket your journey to tipsy town. 

Carbonated drinks, like sodas or sparkling water, have delightful bubbles that tickle your nose and make you feel fancy. But when it comes to getting drunk faster, it’s more about the alcohol content than the carbonation.

Carbonation might make you feel a bit more giddy and bloated, but it doesn’t directly affect the rate at which alcohol enters your bloodstream. At the end of the day, all that matters is the alcohol content and how much you’re sipping on.

However, here’s a sneaky twist. Carbonated mixers, like soda or seltzer, can make your cocktails go down smoother. The bubbles can mask the alcohol’s taste, making it easier to gulp down those delicious concoctions without even realizing how much you’re actually drinking. So, it’s not the carbonation itself that’s the culprit, but rather the potential for sipping a bit too fast.

Close-up photo of the fresh strawberry garnish on a vodka drink with strawberry syrup.

Serving strawberry vodka drinks 

Wondering what to serve with your alcoholic strawberry drinks? Any of the following will work perfectly. Cheers to good times, good food, and good company!

  • Cheese and Fruit Platter: Time to get cheesy! Grab some awesome cheeses like brie, camembert, and cheddar. And throw on some baked goat cheese dip for good measure. Then, pile on the fruity goodness with fresh strawberries, juicy watermelon, and tangy grapes. It’s like a flavor party in your mouth, and your drinks with strawberry syrup is the VIP guest!
  • Bruschetta Trio: Let’s bruschetta, baby! Whip up three awesome toppings to slather on those toasty bread slices. We’re talking classic tomato and basil, creamy goat cheese and honey, and zesty avocado with a squeeze of lime. These little bites will dance a tango with your cocktail, and you’ll be the taste bud maestro!
  • Shrimp Skewers: Time to get your seafood game on point! Marinate those plump shrimp in a zingy lime and garlic bath, then fire up the grill or broil ’em to perfection. The citrusy shrimp will be like the lime’s soulmate in your strawberry lime cocktail party. It’s a match made in flavor heaven!
  • Mini Caprese Skewers: Who’s up for a mini Caprese party on a stick? Grab some cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and little mozzarella balls. Skewer ’em up, drizzle with balsamic glaze, and get ready for a flavor explosion! These adorable skewers will give your strawberry lime cocktails a run for their money in the deliciousness department.
  • Miniature Desserts: Time to get mini and mighty with your desserts! Whip up bite-sized strawberry shortcakes, sprinkle-infused sugar cookies, or key lime pie shooters, or even mini apple pies. These tiny treats will be like the sidekicks to your strawberry lime cocktail superhero. They’ll sweeten the deal and make your taste buds do a happy dance.

Storing alcoholic drinks with strawberries

  • You can batch this cocktail recipe and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • However, DO NOT add the champagne or ice until just before serving.
  • If you have any pre-mixed leftovers, try pouring them into a popsicle tray for a frosty adult dessert in the future!
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And there you have it! With the perfect blend of strawberry sweetness, limey zing, and a splash of vodka, these strawberry alcoholic drinks with limeade are ready to be the life of any party. So gather your friends, stir up those cocktails, and let the good times roll. Cheers to sipping, laughing, and creating moments that sparkle like the bubbles in your glass.

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Strawberry Vodka Drinks with Strawberry Syrup

5 from 1 vote
Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Alcoholic Drinks
Make the best alcoholic strawberry drinks at home with this simple recipe. Featuring fresh strawberry syrup, strawberry vodka, tart key lime juice, and sparkling champagne, this Vodka Drink with Strawberries is effervescent, refreshing, perfectly fruity and perfect for warmer months!


  • 1 Small Saucepan (to make simple syrup)
  • 1 Fine-Mesh Strainer (for straining strawberry simple syrup)
  • 4 Cocktail Glasses


  • 1 Cup COLD Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries – quarter or halved (depending on size)
  • 1 Cup Key Lime Juice (substitute: fresh lime juice or lemon juice)
  • 1 Cup Strawberry Vodka – CHILLED
  • 1 Cup Champagne – CHILLED (substitute: Sparkling Wine, Prosecco, or Rosé)
  • For Serving: Ice Cubes or Crushed Ice
  • Optional for Garnish: Fresh Berries or Fresh Strawberries, Key Lime Wedges, Fresh Mint Leaves


  • Make Simple Syrup: Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil. Cook until water turns clear. (This should happen immediately). Remove from heat.
  • Steep Strawberries in Syrup: Add strawberries and let seep in sugar water (simple syrup) for at least 20 minutes, or until syrup is room temperature.
  • Blend Strawberry Syrup: Use an immersion blender to puree strawberry simple syrup, or transfer syrup to a blender to puree. Transfer to a fine mesh strainer placed over a large glass measure, bowl, or container and strain the syrup, discarding all the strawberry seeds in the strainer.
    (Note: If you don't have a blender you can simply muddle the strawberry syrup.)
  • Mix Drink: To the glass measure with the strawberry simple syrup, add the key lime juice and strawberry vodka.
  • Pour Cocktail: Fill drink glasses 3/4th full with ice cubes. Evenly divide the strawberry vodka mixture among the glasses. Top with champagne.
  • Garnish and Serve: Garnish the glasses with fresh strawberries and lime wedges, if using. Enjoy strawberry vodka drink immediately.


  • Storage: You can batch this cocktail recipe and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. However, DO NOT add the champagne or ice until just before serving.
Nutritional information is an estimate based upon 4 drinks. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.


Calories: 387kcal    Carbohydrates: 58g    Sodium: 9mg    Potassium: 177mg    Sugar: 53g    Vitamin A: 30IU    Vitamin C: 39.4mg    Calcium: 20mg    Iron: 0.4mg

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