Tiffany Maleshefski over at The Examiner has been doing a charming series where she interviews local mixologists and prints one of their recipes. Last week she talked to Elmer Mejicanos, the Nicaraguan-born bartender at Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chophouse, who's served the likes of Tiger Woods and Adam Sandler (they drank Grey Goose and water and a Margarita, respectively). Below, is one of Elmer's signatures, which is a tasty-sounding concoction featuring almost-in-season fresh strawberries which should please the vodka lovers among you. We disapprove, as a rule, of naming any drink a 'Tini, but we'll let this one slide.
1½ oz. vodka
1 large basil leaf
¼ oz. balsamic reduction
¾ oz. simple syrup
Muddle strawberries, basil, balsamic reduction and simple syrup. Add vodka and ice, shake together. Strain into a martini glass drizzled with balsamic reduction. Add a slice of strawberry.