Start by adding 1 cup of hulled and halved strawberries to a small saucepan with 1/3 cup water. Bring to a boil. The mixture will get foamy and bubbly. Cook for 10-15 minutes on high heat until the strawberries have softened. Remove from the heat.
To strain the strawberry mixture, pour the entire mixture into a sifter/strainer with a bowl underneath. Using a spatula, push the strawberry through the mesh until all that remains are seeds.
To make the drinks, add ice cubes to your glass. I like to use the large ones because they melt slowly and keep your drink from getting watery.
In your shaker, add the vodka, mint leaves, lime juice, and strawberry. Shake to combine.
Now, add the ginger beer and, instead of shaking (because it’s carbonated and will explode — lesson learned), simply pour the mixture back and forth between glasses or just give it a good stir.
Divide the drinks into the two glasses and serve. Garnish with a lime slice and extra mint leaves.