Friday Happy Hour: Strawberries

I’m super excited about trying to do a beverage post every Friday for this summer. It’s like a mini challange that I have a chance in hell of completeing. I’ve been in the kitchen until the wee hours tonight getting ready the upcoming cherry bonanza (alcoholic and non) and I hate to strike while the fruit was ripe. So, this week I thought I would repost my straberry recipes from last summer: Strawberry Vodka, Strawberry Wine Spritzers and since we are on the subject anyways, a link to my¬†Chocolate Dipped Goat Cheese Stuffed Strawberries.* Sorry to repost old content, but I’ve made so many new friends since last summer and I’m so excited about strawberry season I thought I would share.

Strawberry Wine Spritzer

(per glass)
1 strawberry, sliced and stem/hull removed
2 ounces of wine (I used Coppola Sofia)
1 ounce club soda
2 small basil leaves (or one large) (don’t use dried basil) (ew)

Directions: Put it all in a glass. Slurp it down. Repeat.

Infused Strawberry Vodka

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.

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

*I just realized that the Happy Hour posts could include SNACKS.

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6 Responses to “Friday Happy Hour: Strawberries”

  1. Audrey says:

    Chocolate Dipped Goat Cheese Stuffed Strawberries?? You are killing me with these posts. Also STRAWBERRY SEASON! I plan to buy mega crap tons of them at the market tomorrow. Which makes me sad because I can’t eat them. Yet.


  2. Ann Odle says:

    I wish I wasn’t allergic to strawberries; I used to love them (and looking at your recipes here doesn’t help!) These all sound delicious.


  3. Carolyn West says:

    I am SO making strawberry vodka! Wish I had some right now.


  4. Jamie says:

    OMG, yes please!!


  5. Nicole says:

    This looks like a blast in a bottle! SO much fun!!!


  6. Jennifer says:

    That looks AWESOME! I think I am going to try making a small bottle of black raspberry vodka since that’s what we’re picking at the farm this week. I’ve pinned your recipe. Thanks!!


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