Vodka Strawberry Fizz
2.5 ounces sliced fresh strawberries from approximately 5 medium berries
0.5 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
6-8 mint leaves
2 ounces Starlight Distillery 31 Stars Vodka
2.5 ounces club soda
Lime wheel, mint, or strawberry for garnish (optional)
In a cocktail shaker, combine strawberries, simple syrup, and lime juice and muddle until strawberries are completely dissolved. Add mint leaves and gently tap 5 times with muddler. (Do not over-muddle mint or it will taste bitter and muddy.) Add vodka to the shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
Fill a Collins glass with ice and add club soda. Fine-strain cocktail into glass and stir gently. Garnish with lime, mint, or strawberry, if desired.