How to Make It
Add the sugar, water, lemon juice, and strawberries to pan over medium heat. When it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until the fruit becomes almost mushy. Strain the syrup into a jar or cup and let it cool to at least room temperature (or put it in the fridge and used it chilled).
Why We Like It
So it's pretty clear at this point: Russian president Vladimir Putin is kind of a dick. I couldn’t resist whipping up a batch of Putin Punch — a pink, fruity vodka drink. The fruitiness comes from a take on kompot, a traditional Russian dessert beverage made with stewed fruit. I made more of a strawberry simple syrup and left out the actual fruit pieces, which are usually left in.
I like to imagine Putin sipping on one of these while galavanting topless during a weekend at the lake with his super-macho friends.