Strawberry Infused Vodka can be used to create a number of refreshing cocktails for warm summer days. Think about a strawberry vodka martini or using the strawberry infused vodka in a mojito or combined with sparking wine, sangria or lemonade to serve at your next summer social gathering.
Fruit flavored cocktails are popular during the summer. While usually made with pureed fruit or a flavored liquor, the cocktails can also be made with homemade fruit infused vodka. When beautiful sweet, ripe strawberries are available at your farmer’s market or local grocery store, go ahead and buy a couple of pints and make strawberry infused vodka. Be warned though, their fragrance will be so sweet that it will be hard to resist eating some of them before you get home.
Fruit or herb vodka infusions couldn’t be simpler to make…it’s as easy as one, two, three. One, wash and cut up fruit. Two, cover with vodka and store until it reaches the desired flavor. Three, strain and create your cocktail. The same process can be used with any very ripe fruit as well as various herbs and spices. You can also use the same process with other spirits such as rum, bourbon, gin or tequila.
Strawberry Infused Vodka
- 2 pints of ripe strawberries (either organic or unsprayed)
- 1 750 ml. bottle vodka, your favorite vodka*
- 2 Tbsp. super fine sugar, optional (only if the strawberries are not particularly sweet)
*The quality of your vodka is very important, you want to use a very smooth one that you would drink in a regular martini.
Rinse the strawberries and let drain. Cut the berries into quarters and place in a large container that has a tight fitting lid. Taste the strawberries, if not super sweet, sprinkle no more than two tablespoons of sugar over the berries 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 paper coffee filter to remove all the sediment. If not perfectly clear, filter one more time through another coffee filter. The strawberry flavor will fade unless the vodka is stored in the refrigerator or preferably the freezer. (You might be tempted to taste one of the strawberries but take my word, they have given up all their flavor to the vodka and are now totally tasteless.)
I like to keep the strawberry vodka stored in the freezer in small containers. When making a strawberry martini, take out of the freezer and let sit until the vodka just starts to defrost then scoop out and place in a martini glass. Your cocktail glass will turn frosty and taste like a grown up strawberry Slurpee…very nice on a hot summer evening. Remember to drink with caution as the martini goes down easy.
You can use the strawberry vodka to create lots of different cocktails. Add a little to a glass of sparkling wine or use the vodka to change a classic rum mojito into a strawberry vodka mojito. Add it to a pitcher of sangria or make an adult pink lemonade using the strawberry vodka. Sweet fruit cocktails loaded simple syrups have never enticed me. However, using this homemade strawberry infused vodka with the essence and flavor of sweet strawberries in cocktails suits my taste perfectly and perhaps it will yours as well. Cheers!