Get in the "spirit" of Florida's strawberry season with these tasty cocktails

Strawberry-Basil Martini (Ex-Boyfriend Collection) - Strawberries, basil, balsamic vinegar (yes, you heard correct) and vodka combine in this refreshing cocktail.

Strawberry-Basil Mojito (Drink of the Week) - A twist on the classic Cuban recipe that uses fresh basil in place of mint and has the addition of muddled strawberries.

Strawberry Bellini (Cook Like a Champion) -A simple recipe that puts a fun twist on the original peach and Prosecco libation.

Strawberry Blonde (Columbus Alive!) - This cocktail on the rocks has an appealing flavor combination of muddles strawberries, Cointreau and lime juice (and I liked the name).

Strawberry Fields Forever ( - Named after the Beatles tune, it's like a strawberry daiquiri that uses gin in place of rum, mixed with strawberry jam, black pepper, lime juice and balsamic vinegar. Sounds oddly tasty.

Strawberry Margaritas with Flaming Strawberry Garnish (The Family Kitchen) - Booze and fire -- who could ask for more?

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots (Liv Life) - This wins in my book for "Most Creative use of a Strawberry", as it takes the place of the little plastic shooter cup. A genius and eco-friendly idea!

Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria (Fun and Food Cafe) - You've had them in pie, so why not try strawberries and rhubarb mixed with brandy and wine?

Photo: dee_gee via Flickr.

It's strawberry season here in the Sunshine State, the Florida Strawberry Festival is in full swing in Plant City and these red little beauties can be found at rock-bottom prices at the grocery store and local farmers' markets. Yes, you could make strawberry shortcake with them again, but why not try something a little different this year? Something a little more "spirited" to go with this warming weather?

To shake things up a bit (pun intended), I scoured the interwebs and tasty-looking foodie blogs for recipes to impart some inspiration for using those strawberries in some fabulous-looking cocktails. Bonus: You'll be getting added vitamins and antioxidants in your diet by adding this berry to your booze.

Get mixing!

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