Strawberry Infused Vodka

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.

Strawberry Martini

Strawberry Infused Vodka Martini

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.

Sweet Summer Strawberries

Sweet Summer Strawberries

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!


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114 Responses to Strawberry Infused Vodka

  1. Wow, this is a must try Karen, yum! I have those same cocktail glasses too!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jenna, the strawberry vodka is perfect for summer cocktails. The Grand Marnier glasses are some of my favorite martini glasses.

  2. Doesn’t that gorgeous picture make you thirsty? I used to drink Vodka and orange a long time ago, but never tried it with strawberries, although it sounds great too. I love Mojitos made with lime and mint and this is my cocktail of choice these days, but I am sure they would he equally delicious with strawberries. 👍

  3. Perfect timing as strawberry season is here in Michigan. My favorite fruit and even though I don’t usually drink a cocktail (others do) it is too pretty not to try. Love the layers – stunning to say the least!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, The strawberry vodka makes a nice cocktail to suggest when you have friends over. It does make a pretty drink when served ice cold and frosty, thank you.

  4. kitchenriffs says:

    One of these days I need to infuse vodka! So easy, as you point out, and the results are SO drinkable. 🙂 Fun post — thanks.

  5. What a great idea. I bet it is delicious. We have limoncello and now there is strawberrycello.

  6. Frosty cold and delicious! Can’t wait to try this. Hoping your weekend is fabulous.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbi, Frosty is definitely with way to serve a strawberry martini. Days have been flying by but they have been nice, thank you.

  7. Darlene says:

    This sounds delicious and refreshing. I like the idea of adding it to sangria! Thanks.

  8. Mad Dog says:

    That sounds delicious – I have a large impulse purchase of purified Catalan sea water. The chips and beer tasted great, so I wasn’t expecting the water to taste like the ocean …what was I thinking? Anyway, it turns out that it’s great for cooking fish, brining things and in place of olive water for a dirty martini, it’s quite fantastic!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog…a large purchase of purified sea water? 😀 Clever to use it in a martini. Mine is kind of ordinary compared to yours.

  9. Sunnycovechef says:

    All I can say is Prost!

  10. Perfect for summer parties, Karen.

  11. Jane says:

    What a very clever and tasty way to make a great drink! I don’t drink liquor myself, I’m a white wine girl, but my adult children love to make summery drink with vodka, fruit juices, and sparkling water. I’m going to jot this down for here at the lake.

    Thanks, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane, I’m a white wine girl myself but occasionally I’ll have a cocktail when others are. I think the Strawberry vodka would be a big hit with your family at the lake. Thinking about you and all you have been through lately…wishing you better times.

  12. Now this sounds like a fantastic treat!!

  13. Cathy says:

    Looks delicious. I love strawberry season and my problem would be not eating them all before they get put in the vodka! 😉

  14. eliotthecat says:

    I’ve infused vodka with herbs and jalapenos but every spring I vow to use strawberries for an infusion. Every year, strawberry season passes me by. 😦 Your photo of that martini is spectacular!

  15. chef mimi says:

    I’ve made strawberry vodka as well, and it was my favorite infused vodka of all times. And I’ve made a lot of them 😬😬😬

  16. nancyc says:

    Strawberries are the best–especially from the farmer’s market—I would probably eat most before I got home! 🙂

  17. cookingontheweekends says:

    Yum! I don’t make many cocktails, but this is one I will for sure be trying. Sounds delicious and it includes my favorite summer berry! Thank you!

  18. David says:

    I love that you don’t make it too sweet! We have used pears, raspberries, and blackberries, but I have to say that strawberries are sounding quite refreshing! (By coincidence, this weekend, I strained our home-infused gin, and started two different batches of nocino to be ready fro Christmas!

  19. Such a great idea! One Christmas I made a Christmas pudding vodka. I should try this during Summer when we get some lovely fruit.

  20. Barbara Barry says:

    Oh this is heavenly, I can already imagine the sweet strawberries!!

  21. This is a fascinating recipe Karen – I must give it a try. I bet it is so tasty.

  22. this sounds fabulous karen. it is winter here which is when strawberry season starts in queensland so there are plenty available. i love that glass in the top photo:) cheers and cheers again 🙂 sherry

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sherry, The glass was made by Grand Marnier…I have a couple of them and hope they never break. I do hope you will enjoy the strawberry vodka. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  23. I KNOW I’d love this drink…a lot!

  24. Such a delicious way to use those fresh strawberries and nice that the infusing process only takes about a week!

  25. ladyfi says:

    Wow – looks delicious!

  26. What a fun idea, Karen! We’ve played around with making jalapeno-infused tequila, but I’ve never tried any fruits. This is a great idea for summer parties for sure!

  27. What a great way to flavor vodka. I so appreciate adding something fresh and not artificial such a what is sold in the liquor stores! Any cocktail would be so refreshing for summer made with this vodka! Thanks Karen! Cheers!!!

  28. Pam says:

    It sounds good to me! A good use of strawberries and a great photo too!

  29. Helen says:

    Sounds very appealing – how do you not drink the vodka all in one day?

  30. Our locally grown strawberries should be ready soon! This sounds like such a delicious idea and I love the color of the vodka after it’s infused. Beautiful photo!

  31. Laura says:

    Ooooh, I love this idea! I can imagine so many lovely cocktails to create with strawberry-infused vodka. So easy, too!

  32. Debra says:

    You sure did catch my attention with this one, Karen. The cocktail in your photos is stunning and so appealing. I can’t wait to get going on this infusion. I’ll be a sure hit with my crowd. 🙂

  33. I really should start infusing my own vodka. Will wait for summer to start playing around. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  34. Karen Ann says:

    I recently had a strawberry basil infused Margarita and it was divine!

  35. If it ever stops raining and gets warm, we’ll have real strawberries (Vs. the frozen ones in plastic boxes). I can’t wait — this looks so refreshing!

  36. karrie says:

    OMG!!! I NEED this in my life right now!! I adore strawberries and vodka so it’s my kind of recipe. I’ve only made pineapple infused vodka, but making this strawberry one this weekend! Thanks for the recipe Karen 🙂

  37. What a lovely base for any summer cocktail!! Can’t wait to get my hands on some local berries…they’re always the sweetest. Love it!

  38. Those strawberries are beautiful! What a fun recipe! I love the idea of making my own flavored vodka. I definitely want to give this a try!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Thao, for your nice compliment. I hope you have had a chance to make the strawberry vodka and enjoyed it…it is perfect for summer.

  39. What a way to celebrate strawberry season! I’ve made strawberry flavored vinegar, but this takes berry flavor on a new adventure!

  40. How refreshing is this!!! Looks great..

  41. Eva Taylor says:

    Spring was so cold and rainy, I haven’t seen local berries yet but when I do, I’m definitely making this beautiful bevy. A nice alternative for a refreshing summer cocktail.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, It was a very cold start to your season but I hope that you were able to get strawberries and make the vodka. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  42. Oh boy! I’ll try anything to justify swigging down some more vodka- but don’t get me wrong- adding the strawberry flavors looks like a divine idea! And BTW, Karen, thanks so much for pinning some of my photos/recipes on Pinterest!

    • Karen says:

      It was certainly my pleasure Fran, you have created some inspiring dishes. I loved your comment about the strawberry vodka, you gave me a laugh. 😀

  43. Sissi says:

    Thank you for this sensational idea (or rather ideas)! I have never infused any alcohol with strawberries, but it sounds so summery, so good… I’ll certainly try it soon.

  44. I can’t get enough of sweet summer strawberries and this is the perfect summer drink!

  45. Hi Karen – this looks absolutely fantastic! Love that sweet strawberry flavor and it’s just about strawberry season here. We have a strawberry sangria recipe we love, will def. be trying yours this summer.

  46. This looks fresh and beautiful! I love strawberries!!!

  47. Bernice says:

    Looks wonderful!!

  48. Sartenada says:

    Thank You Karen for this great idea.

  49. I Wilkerson says:

    I have preserved plums and peaches in brandy. Then I bake with the fruit and drink the brandy. I think I tried it once with strawberries and also concluded they didn’t survive the process. But just drinking the vodka, now that’s an idea! (And the color is sooo beautiful!)

  50. This might be the best use for strawberries that I’ve seen in a while! The color alone is incredible!

  51. mjskitchen says:

    What a fabulous idea! I love a fruity sweet vodka and strawberries are perfect.

  52. Carolyn Jung says:

    How fun is this! Even easier to make than limoncello, too.

  53. SO pretty! This would make terrific hostess gifts with a recipe card for a cocktail!

  54. Well! This is the most fantastic recipe I’ve come upon in… Forever! I can’t wait to make it! It’s so curious about the way the strawberries lose their flavor and color. I would not have guessed that. I can’t wait to taste the vodka

  55. Karen says:

    I really do appreciate your kind words, Jeff…thank you so much!. I hope you enjoy the vodka if you get a chance to make it.

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