This vodka strawberry spritz, or what we like to call “love bug” is an easy cocktail that can be made right in the glass making it a simple attraction. And it has a lot of versatility in how its made so if you don’t have all the ingredients that’s alright! Just use what you got in similar proportions. Making heart-shaped strawberries for Valentine’s Day cocktails is an added fun touch. They look cute, make your drink extra special, and are super easy to make. In the notes below we list out instructions on how to make the perfect heart-shaped strawberries for this vodka strawberry spritz.

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vodka strawberry spritz

how to make a vodka strawberry spritz


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lemon
  • 1 oz strawberry syrup
  • ¼ grenadine
  • rose prosecco or soda water, to top
  • strawberries, for garnish


In a collins glass, add vodka, fresh lemon, strawberry syrup and grenadine. Add ice and at the same time line the glass with sliced strawberries in the shape of a heart. Continue to add ice to lock in place the heart-shaped strawberries. Top with your rose prosecco or soda water. Garnish with fresh strawberry hearts and thyme. Cin Cin

vodka strawberry spritz

how to make heart-shaped strawberries for the vodka strawberry spritz

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Making heart-shaped strawberries is a simple and fun way to add a touch of love to your treats. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Select Fresh Strawberries:
    • Choose firm and ripe strawberries for the best results.
  2. Wash and Dry:
    • Wash the strawberries under cold water and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Remove the Stem:
    • Cut off the green stem from the top of the strawberry.
  4. Slice in Half:
    • Slice the strawberry in half vertically, creating two equal halves.
  5. Shape the Bottom:
    • On each half, trim a small, triangular piece from the top to create a heart shape. The center of the strawberry becomes the bottom of the heart.
  6. Optional: Slice a “V” Shape:
    • For a more defined heart shape, you can make a small “V” cut at the top center of each strawberry half.
  7. Repeat:
    • Repeat the process for as many strawberries as you need.

Now you have adorable heart-shaped strawberries ready to be used as garnishes for cocktails (such as this vodka strawberry spritz), desserts, or to simply spread some love on your plate!

vodka strawberry sprtiz

homemade grenadine for your vodka strawberry spritz

Homemade grenadine is just like making a simple syrup. It’s simple and it tastes a thousand times better than the crap you buy at the store. Here is a simple recipe with only 4 ingredients you can follow. If we had to buy one from the store we would likely buy this one which has minimal ingredients.

G R E N A D I N E 


3 C pomegranate juice 

2 C sugar 

peel of 1 orange 

pinch of salt 


In a medium sauce pot, add two cups of pomegranate juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and let the juice reduce by half. Next add the remaining pomegranate juice and sugar. Stir ingredients together on simmer until the sugar has dissolved. 

Remove the pot from the heat and add salt and orange peel. Squeeze the peel when adding it to the pot to release its oils. Allow the pot to completely cool before removing the orange peel. Cin Cin! 

vodka strawberry spritz


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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