So it’s pretty clear at this point: Russian president Vladimir Putin is kind of a dick. While I try not to make a habit of creating cocktails in honor of people who aren’t very nice, 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.
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 lemon, juiced
2 cups strawberries (I used frozen)
For the syrup: 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).
For the punch: Add 1 part syrup and one part vodka to any size glass or punch bowl with a few dashes of lemon bitters per serving, and stir well. Serve over ice and enjoy!