Hubby and were out for our weekly date night and spied a jug of strawberries steeping in a clear liquid. The sign above the container proclaimed one shot of strawberry vodka $6. Okay . . . a bit pricey for a simple shot but I just had to try it . . . and try it I did. And OH-MY-GOD-BECKY it was soooooooo good! And then I had another one. Yeah, you can call me a lush.
I figured how hard could it possibly be to infuse vodka with strawberries. Not hard at all . . . here's how to do it:
First, you must have fresh strawberries. They're in season, relatively cheap and very, very sweet.
Second you must have a neutral flavored spirit . . . vodka.
Take 2 cups of fresh clean strawberries, hulled and cut in half and put into a clean 1 quart jar (I use a Mason canning jar). The stawberries should fill the jar halfway.
Next pour in the vodka to the top leaving about a half inch of headspace.
Then place cool, dark place (like a pantry or cupboard). Give the jar a little shake once a day to move things around.
After a couple days you will notice that the strawberries are being leeched of color and turning a sickly albino white. Don't panic, this is normal. All the color and flavor is going into the vodka.
Strain the solids from the liquid. I do this by placing a stocking . . . you know, like a knee high women wear . . . over the top of another jar. You can use cheese cloth if you want. Then I put a canning funnel over that and pour the infused vodka into the funnel and through the stocking.
What you are left with is a wonderful strawberry flavored vodka that is a beautiful red color.
I found it to still be a bit strong. So to add a little sweetness and to make it perfectly delicious I mixed it with a simple syrup. Take a 1/2 cup raw sugar and mix it into a 1/2 cup boiling water and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool.
Of course, you can use the infused vodka and a myriad of other cocktail recipes but I like it cold and simple.