How to Make Strawberry Infused Vodka

I have made a vodka fruit infusion on more than one occasion, my past favorites being cranberry-orange and grapefruit. My results have been ok, but I’ve always done citrus and and it always seems to have a slight bitter edge. I’ve never had transformative vodkas, like a store bought infusion or some of the fancy fruit vodkas that can be found in specialty bars. Until now. Seriously, this strawberry vodka is amazing. It somehow loses all of the harshness of my admittedly cheap vodka and becomes sweeter than the strawberries themselves. And the color is beautiful.

To make it, simply put washed, sliced strawberries in a clean glass container with vodka for 30 days. Shaking gently once or twice. It will look finished before it tastes finished, so keep it in there for a full month.

How I do it: I hull and quarter (lengthwise) the strawberries after they have been washed. I fill the container about 2/3 full then fill with vodka using a funnel. Shake once or twice and store in a cool place, not in full sun. I keep mine in a corner on the kitchen counter, but in a cupboard or pantry would work to. After 30 days, strain into a different bottle or decanter. Or straight into shot glasses if you have a hand strainer or pour very carefully. I use cheap vodka for this, not dirt cheap. I found Svedka on sale, but Skyy or something would work great.

The grosser the strawberries look, the more delicious the vodka will taste.

For the containers: it needs to close, so either use a screw top glass container (like wine or mineral water) or a mason jar. It depends on the size. The nice thing about using a wine bottle is that if you pour carefully, you can avoid the straining step. The con is that you need to either find a screw top or use a decorative stopper – which works great for home use, but might be too leaky for transporting as a gift.

Looking at this picture, I just realized that the tape is switched on the two bottles of vodka. The berries rise to the top after the first night. The little mason jar –¬† I’m testing out tequila. Might be able to make the easiest strawberry margaritas ever.

So. What do you do with it? My sister and I invented a drink after Spencer’s party that we decided to call the Baby Baby Lemonade. Mix 1 part strawberry vodka with 2 parts sparkling lemonade over ice or shaken and pour into a martini glass. Delicious. Don’t feel like making your own lemonade? Just do 1 part vodka to 1 part store bought lemonade to 1 part club soda or sparkling water.

If you want to give strawberry infused vodka as a gift, there are two options: make it early enough so that it is ready to drink when the gift is given or make them and attach a drink after tag. I would also include to strain before serving and refrigerate if the alcohol gets below the strawberries. Or dump the excess fruit as you go. Or just drink the whole thing in one night. Ahem.

Batch #1

For the curious: I made the first batch in the wine bottle, tested it every 7 days to see when it would be ready and then we cracked it open after Spencer’s party. But, I failed to take good pictures before hand and we opened it at night and the lighting in my house is awful. I didn’t want to wait to post this until the second batch was ready because strawberry season is drawing to a close. So, there are some split pictures.

Do you have a favorite spirit infusion? I’d love to know the recipe.

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9 Responses to “How to Make Strawberry Infused Vodka”

  1. TMae says:

    I’ve been waiting for this and you do not disappoint. (Per ushe.) OH MAH GAH. This sounds delicious!

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    Amy Reply:

    I am ridiculously excited to see how the tequila tuns out. And I don’t even like tequila that much.

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  2. Tanya says:

    This looks so good. I am pinning it:)

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  3. Brigid Keely says:

    If you run cheap vodka through a BRITA filter a few times, it tastes much better. Just FYI.

    I’m interested in making infused vodka, and there’s a LOT of easy-looking recipes online (chocolate! coffee! lemon! rosemary!) but I haven’t done it yet.

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    Amy Reply:

    My sister has done the brita method and loves it. With this one, it doesn’t need it. I will definitely do it if I do citrus again.

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  4. Kim says:

    Just pinned this so I remember to try it :)

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  5. Penny says:

    I would like to make some vodka infused gifts for my clients. I’d never thought of strawberry, but it sounds wonderful. If I followed your instructions, could I give them the gift bottle with strawberries in it for presentation? Will the alcohol preserve the strawberries, or do I need to use a different type of fruit if I want a vodka with fruit in the bottle presentation???

    Hope that all made sense!
    Thanks!
    Penny

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    Amy Reply:

    You could totally leave the strawberries in. I would just attach a note saying to strain it before serving. Any maybe not make it too far in advance. It also works great with cranberries and orange peel if you want something a little more seasonal.

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