Summertime is strawberry time and a strawberry martini is a nice cocktail to enjoy in the evening.
I make mine from homemade strawberry infused vodka. The infused vodka has the essence of sweet strawberries and no harsh taste. And the infusion is as easy as one, two, three.
Strawberry Infused Vodka
- 1 qt. strawberries
- 1 750 ml. vodka
- 2 Tbs. sugar
Use the very best, super ripe strawberries that you can find. I like to buy organic strawberries for our local farmers market. Their flavor and fragrance is so sweet that it is hard to resist eating them before I get home.
Rinse the strawberries and let drain. Cut the berries into quarters and place in a large container that has a tight fitting lid. Sprinkle the sugar over the berries and then add the entire bottle of vodka.
Seal the container and place in a cool, dark place for at least three days and up to seven days. Each day or two, give the container a swirl. When the strawberries are white and the vodka is bright red, you know the process is complete. Strain the vodka through a strainer and then through a coffee filter to remove the sediment. The flavor will fade unless stored in the refrigerator or preferably the freezer.
If the infused vodka is stored in the freezer, when you serve in a martini glass your cocktail will look like a grown up strawberry slurpee. If not, serve over a few cubes of ice.
Drink with caution as the martini goes down easy.