A few weeks ago we went strawberry picking, only to get home to find that I didn’t have an operational cooktop. Not wanting any of those glorious berries to go to waste, I made an interesting strawberry jam, a delicious strawberry pie and cake, and with what I had leftover – I steeped the berries in vodka for a week and made this beautiful strawberry infused vodka!

Isn’t the color just glorious? And the flavor? The flavor is all juicy, ripe berries. When I strained the berries out they were pure white. Alcohol is funny like that. You can extract flavor from anything with it! Last year my husband made a really different hot pepper IPA by soaking a few habeneros in vodka, then adding that pepper extract to the final product. We’re looking forward to another batch of that already! But I digress, that’s another post.

This strawberry vodka is mellow enough to be sipped over ice, or to-die-for mixed into an icy glass of lemonade. I’m hoping that the bottle makes it through to the winter. To enjoy the freshness and flavor of these berries in the cold winter months would be a treat for sure! Next year I’ll probably make 2 bottles. Good stuff, folks!

32 Comments

  1. Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    I feel a bit tipsy just reading this post! :)

  2. Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    How pretty and refreshing!

  3. Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    Oh sweet baby Jesus…I need this in my summer life!!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

    oooo, I love infused vodkas! Once for Christmas, I made pineapple infused vodka and gave out small bottles of it as party favors. Good stuff!
    :D

  5. Posted June 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM | Permalink

    What a fabulous idea!

  6. Ann
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    What do you do with the strawberries after straining them from the vodka?

    • Laura
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM | Permalink

      Ann, I felt like I had extracted all that the berries had to give, so I just tossed them. But, Dave suggested adding them to strawberry jam – which sounded like a great idea to me!

  7. Paula
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 3:27 AM | Permalink

    Over vanilla ice cream!!!

  8. Candy Chambers
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    Awesome. I love vodka. Wonder about doing that with tequila.. WooHoo Strawberry Midnight Marguaritas.

    • Laura
      Posted June 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM | Permalink

      Candy, that same thought crossed my mind too – I’m sure it would be wonderful!

  9. Posted June 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    Mmmm…. Thanks for sharing. I’m gonna try this and hide until January, so I can enjoy some summer while I’m freezing!

  10. Posted June 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    This looks delicious. I made blueberry gin several years ago and often make sloe gin. I was feeling sad that you had found pick your own strawberries already when there are none near me. Then I saw you are in America. In the south of England the weather has been so bad this year the strawberries are really late.

  11. marty
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM | Permalink

    I was wondering…. Does this need to be in the fridg since there are fresh strawberries? Will it last until winter? And can you put in smaller bottles and give as Christmas gifts? Is there something I would need to do so it would not spoil.. These are maybe stupid questions, but I ahve never done this before, but really sounds like a super gift idea….

    • Laura
      Posted June 12, 2012 at 7:53 PM | Permalink

      Marty, they most certainly would make lovely Christmas gifts in smaller bottles. No need to refrigerate afterwards, just keep in a cool dark place. Will last just fine until winter, provided you don’t drink it all before then. Have fun!

  12. Erika
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM | Permalink

    Gurl, this here is some good stuff. I am sipping on some strawberry vodka right now. My husband wants me to try it with tequila next. What can I say, he’s a Texan. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Laura
      Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:27 AM | Permalink

      So glad you like it, Erika! I’m looking forward to trying out tequila myself.

  13. Kelly
    Posted June 17, 2012 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

    Thank you Laura! The people on my Christmas list will thank you too. Have you ever tried cherry vodka? Strawberry vodka will be great with lemonade when we are camping, I might have to make extra:)

  14. Virginia
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

    Hi, I’m from Australia and just found this post on Pinterest . I recently made mulberry liqueur by steeping them in vodka for 3 months, strained them and added a sugar syrup to it. Sooo delish. Bit like a good sweet port. TFS. Virginia

    • Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

      It will work with any fruit you can get your hands on, Virginia – mulberries sound phenomenal! Glad you enjoyed :)

  15. Dianna
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this! I just made it with organic vodka and it didn’t last long! I can’t wait to make this will all sorts of other fruits. I used a wine strainer & funnel to put it back in the original bottle and that worked great. My next experiment will be blackberries.

  16. Kim
    Posted February 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM | Permalink

    What did you add to the strawberries and vodka to get it that beautiful red color?

    • Posted February 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

      Kim – it leeched out all the color from the berries! Just strawberries and vodka, no color added. Crazy, right? They were local, in-season berries! It’s been so wonderful to enjoy their flavor all year long.

      • Kim
        Posted February 22, 2014 at 7:46 AM | Permalink

        Weird. We have been making this for years and have never seen color like this. Something had to be added. This is not how it looks when it is finished. Sorry…just trying to get the truth.

        • Posted February 22, 2014 at 7:54 AM | Permalink

          Well, Kim – I suppose your strawberries weren’t as good as mine. I used local strawberries that I’d picked from the fields that same day – that have been growing in those same fields for over 30 years, so they are heirloom varieties.

          Commercial strawberries don’t have as much flavor or color as ones that you’d pick yourself. This is how mine looked like when it’s finished – I have no reason to be dishonest.

          I’d suggest you find another source for your strawberries if you are dissatisfied with how it turns out.

  17. Annette Espinosa
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

    Made your recipe! It’s amazing and it turned out so red. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

    • Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

      So glad you loved it, Annette. Thanks for taking the time to come by and leave a comment on how it turned out for you! Enjoy it! :)

  18. Kat
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    I have never actually left a comment on a blog before… but I was so thrilled with how this turned out, I just had to say post.
    I used just plain ol’ grocery-bought strawberries and after just 4 days, it was a beautiful, bright red color! And it tastes great on its own, or even better in some lemonade :) I live in Arizona, so it’s basically summertime already and this is the perfect summer cocktail concoction! Thanks again for sharing!

    • Posted April 15, 2014 at 9:33 PM | Permalink

      So glad you loved it, Kat! Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment, I greatly appreciate it. Enjoy the fruits of your labor! ;)

  19. amanda
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    Hi there, Looks so yummy and here in Atlantic Canada strawberries will be in season very soon! I am just curious tho as to what vodka you prefer to use? Thanks

    • Posted June 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

      I used Svedka- a middle of the road vodka. I wouldn’t use the cheapest, but I wouldn’t use top shelf either. Something in the middle is just right!

  20. Vince
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 1:40 AM | Permalink

    I’m in Australia and also saw this on Pinterest – mine turned out really well and the colour is great but just wondering how to turn this into a Strawberries and Cream Liquor. I thought of just adding double thickened cream but any guidance for me before I give it a try?

    • Posted November 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM | Permalink

      Vince, I don’t have any experience with Strawberries and Cream Liquor – but it sure sounds fabulous!

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