Strawberry Martini

This strawberry martini is maple-sweetened and easy to make with just strawberries, vodka and lemon juice. It’s also vegan and gluten-free with the right kind of vodka.

I’ve been enjoying this strawberry season and am happy to have added more strawberry drinks to my recipe index this summer. I started off with this Strawberry Latte, a great pick-me-up drink. Then I added this delightfully zingy Strawberry Mule to my collection of cocktail recipes.

Today’s recipe is perfect for your late-summer BBQ or relaxing with friends whenever. So let’s get to it!


Basic stuff here. Feel free to use lime juice instead of lemon!

What vodka should I use?

You can use any vodka you have, but you may want to read further if you have dietary restrictions.

I never use expensive vodka in my cocktail recipes, but not the absolute cheapest, either. But pretty close. ;)

And with all the other flavors, my drinks still come out great! So use whatever you have.

Is vodka gluten-free?

Vodka is a distilled spirit and can be made from various ingredients, including grains.

Distilled spirits, including vodka, are considered gluten-free.

During the distillation process, the alcohol vapor is separated from the water and other ingredients, and alcohol vapor is condensed back into liquid form, leaving gluten proteins behind.

However, some vodkas with added flavorings may not be gluten-free, so if you’re not certain, you can ask the company directly.

Is vodka vegan?

Nearly every brand of vodka, including other distilled spirits, is suitable for vegans.

Vodka is vegan in that it’s fermented and distilled plants and doesn’t contain any animal products excluding those made with honey, a cream base or some added flavorings.

Animal products aren’t used in filtration either, so most vodka brands’ ingredients are vegan-friendly.

You can search the Barnivore website to ascertain if a product is vegan. I searched vodka, and this list is what turned up for vegan vodkas.

But if you’re concerned about it, you could ask the company directly.

Fresh or frozen strawberries?

I use frozen strawberries mostly because it’s economical, available year-round, and make the martini cold and refreshing.

If fresh strawberries are available, you can use them instead. Fresh ones are also great in other drinks like this Korean Strawberry Milk!

Fresh or bottled lemon juice?

I always use fresh lemon juice because I’m never satisfied with the taste when I’ve used bottled lemon juice.

If all you have is bottled, you can use it, but note it won’t taste as good as using freshly squeezed lemon juice.


As for garnishes, I simply add a slice of strawberry, but aromatic herbs are also a great choice.

You could use a sprig of mint or thyme to give this strawberry martini extra elegance. And use some of that mint in this Strawberry Mojito Mocktail for a non-alcoholic choice!

More vodka martinis

I hope you’ll enjoy this strawberry martini. If you make it, we’d love to hear what you think. You can comment below or tag #texanerin if you post to social media. Thanks! :)

Strawberry Martini Recipe

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Strawberry Martini
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  • Yield: 8 ounces (240ml)


    For the rim:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Lemon wedge + zest
  • Drink:

  • 150 grams / 5.3 oz (1 cup + 2 tbsp) fresh or slightly defrosted frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 75 ml (5 tablespoons / 2.5oz) vodka
  • 3-4 teaspoons maple syrup


  1. Finely zest one teaspoon of lemon zest over a small shallow plate.
  2. Add a tablespoon of sugar to the plate and use your fingers to rub it together with the zest.
  3. Cut out a wedge from the lemon and use that to moisten the rim of the glass.
  4. Turn the glass over and coat the rim in the lemon sugar.
  5. Blend together the strawberries, lemon juice and vodka in a blender until totally smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Taste and stir in another teaspoon, if desired.
  6. Pour into the martini glass.

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6 comments on “Strawberry Martini” — Add one!

  • Sha
    September 11, 2023 @ 5:32 am

    This strawberry martini was sooo vibrant. Guests super loved it! They even thought that it was store-bought.

    • Erin replies to Sha
      September 11, 2023 @ 1:22 pm

      I’m so glad that everyone enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Jessica
    September 8, 2023 @ 10:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, this was so good! Thank you so much for sharing. I like that it used maple syrup. Perfect with strawberries!

    • Erin replies to Jessica
      September 8, 2023 @ 10:26 am

      I agree on the maple! Love that combination. Thanks a bunch for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

  • Benny
    September 5, 2023 @ 10:36 pm

    loved this martini! so easy and so flavorful. going to make it for some friends tonight!

    • Erin replies to Benny
      September 8, 2023 @ 10:26 am

      I hope that they enjoyed it just as much! Thanks so much for your comment. :)


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