Infusing liquor is fun in more ways than one. It is so easy to do, and I like watching the crystal clear liquid slowly take on a vibrant hue. Strawberry-infused vodka is my favorite because it infuses pretty quickly, it is delicious on its own or mixed into cocktails, and everyone likes it! Now is not the time to let your imagination fail you- you can infuse just about anything!
To make a strawberry infusion, pour your favorite vodka into an air-tight glass jar. Then, get some organic strawberries. Organic is important because I’ve heard that strawberries are one of the fruits that get the most pesticides, and you definitely don’t want a pesticide-infused vodka. Wash your strawberries well, and slice them thinly with a knife. The thinner the slices, the faster your vodka will infuse. I used about 4-5 strawberries for 3/4 cup of vodka. Drop your strawberries into the jar, put on the lid, and give it a shake.
Leave the jar at room temperature, but put it in a cool, dark place. As time progresses, you will see the strawberries slowly start to lose their color as the vodka darkens. It’s a very cool transfer. Once a day, give the jar a shake. Depending on your ratio of strawberries to vodka, your infusion may take more or less time to infuse. Mine took about 2 days.
Open the jar and take a whiff. You should smell strawberries! Put a mesh strainer over another container, and pour your infusion through it to filter out the fruit. If you want all of the seeds and little strawberry hairs to get our of your vodka, you can line the strainer with a coffee filter.
Transfer your vodka back into the jar, and store it in the refrigerator. It should remain fresh for a few weeks, but eventually, the strawberries in the vodka will go bad. Don’t let it sit around forever. Now, on to consumption!
I have a few easy cocktails that are wonderful with this infusion. For a strawberry fizz, add 1 shot of strawberry vodka to a short glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes, and then top it off with sparkling water. Strawberry refreshment! If you want to balance the strawberry flavor a little bit, add in 4-5 drops of lemon juice.
For a strawberry lemonade, add 1 shot of strawberry vodka to a short glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes, and then top it off with lemonade. So easy, so good.
What are your favorite infusions?
I like to infuse my maraschino cherrys. I buy a jar (with stems, of course) and drain the juice and replace with vodka. I keep it in the fridge. I drink the vodka on the rocks. Sometimes I just eat a cherry! Yum!!
Since I do not consume either wine or alcohol. What you make is nice. However, I make an infusion of banana into milk for a shake, or to make an infusion of peaches, I cook them first and strain it into milk or ginger ale.
This sounds terrific for summer cocktails…yum!
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