Sweet Strawberry Vodka
I was browsing at a liquor store a while back (doesn’t everyone do that!) and I came across one lonely bottle of strawberry vodka. It wasn’t very expensive, and I was definitely tempted, but sometimes flavored anything can have a chemical flavor instead of a natural flavor. And it seems like strawberry flavor can be the worst if it’s fake. So I passed. Instead, I decided to make my own.
My garden is producing a lot of strawberries, but I’m too selfish to use my home-grown berries for this vodka. They’re just too fun to pick and eat. Warm. Besides, the grocery store berries were very good and sweet right now.
I’m not sure if this will end up a strawberry vodka or a strawberry liqueur – I’m kind of hitting it in the middle. And I won’t know the results for a couple of weeks. I’ve sampled a lot of flavored vodkas – especially at wine festivals – but I’ve never come across a strawberry version, except that lone bottle at the liquor store. So I’m a bit excited.
Sweet Strawberry Vodka
Rinse and dry 2 pounds of fresh strawberries. Have 1/2 gallon of good vodka on standby – I used a Texas import called Tito’s.
Stem them, slice in half, and then place them in a large bowl. Cover the berries with 1 cup of sugar and toss them to coat.
Let macerate for one hour.
Then place them in a food processor and process until pulpy.
Place the berry mush in as many sterilized bottles as you decide to use. I decided to divide mine into three batches.
Then add the vodka.
Shake them up well, cover with sterilized lids, and place the bottles in a cool place for 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks, strain the vodka. Interestingly enough, the strawberries turned white, but the vodka turned a very pretty pink!
The vodka came out with a definite strawberry flavor, a bit sweet, which is fine, but certainly not sweet like a liqueur. Perfect.
Now what to do with the vodka. I have a lot of ideas. First I tried it with 1/2 and 1/2. Delicious. Then, I added fresca to the same drink. Fabulous! It was like a strawberry vodka-flavored Italian ice!
Then, I just tried it with fresca by itself, because I enjoy the combination of unflavored vodka and fresca. Also fabulous – with a nice strawberry flavor, but not overly sweet.
Then for my final test of the strawberry flavored vodka, I made a martini of sorts for my husband (they’re just too strong for me.) I added equal parts strawberry vodka, Chambord (raspberry liqueur), and vodka. It turned out to be a very pretty color, and he said it was dynamite, and that I might like it. But, I like cocktails a little more diluted so I passed. The Berry Martini is pictured in the featured photo.
S V with lemonade
S V with Chambord and champagne
S V with champagne or prosecco
S V with lemon sorbet and champagne
S V with tonic…
In the fall, try Spiced Pear Liqueur, as well as Gingerbread Liqueur!
I have bottle of Tito’s in my freezer, love flavored vodka’s. I will give this a try!
It was way better than I expected!
I agree, my wine merchant suggested I try it and I was pleasantly surprised. Can’t wait to try this, was thinking of doing limoncello but the strawberry sounds so good have to make it.
MMM this looks delicious! :)
It was! And it was fun trying out the different drinks!
Lovely picture! :-)
Yummmo!!!! Can’t wait for the weekend to begin…looks like this will be at the starting line! Love your posts…thanks for sharing!
You are so welcome!
I’m with you on the flavoured booze. Great idea for making your own! Much nicer. :)
It is nicer, especially when it’s seasonal!
I am stunned by the invention here! It looks amazing – i love the way the red leaches out of the berries and ends up in the vodka!
It was perfect, if I may say so myself! I’ve only had bad luck with hazelnut liqueur.
They look very delicious I want to try this
Vodka with a makeover, this looks so delicious :D
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Thanks.. some day you can try it!
Looks incredible! Yum!
It is good.
That sounds so refreshing! I would love to turn those strained strawberries into sorbet, too- No waste here. :)
I was afraid they would be too strong for anything, but I should have tried!
i’ve try vanilla bean infused vodka, but none with freas fruits
i think it would be great if i freeze it…
Ooohhh vanilla sounds delicious!
Send me one of those martinis puleeze! Beautiful color.
Ha ha ha!
Looks delicious! Great drink, beautiful pictures.
I love my vodka … but living in the country that created Absolut – of course the best vodka around *laughing
Forgotten to say … that I want my plain – straight from the freezer or with tonic. Just love your photos, but flavored vodka nothing for a viking. *laugh.
I think it’s supposed to be one of the best!
Yes, it’s – but even if it stands for Sweden … is it today owned by a French company – Pernod.
I had no idea.
Sounds delicious – I bet if you left the strawberries for longer it would get sweeter and more liqueur like…
I’m not sure…. I really think they leached out all of the sweetness they had…
uh yes please!
Hee Hee Hee !
Aiming to adapt this to the Palisade peaches that are so abundant here later in the summer – thanks
Oh yeah. That will be next!
What a refreshing way to sip vodka!
It’s delicious and flavorful!
Thanks so much, Mimi dor this Amazing looking strawberries vodka! A Must make!
MMMMMMMMMMM! I love these tasty werving tips too!
It’s the tastiest one I’ve ever made!
Now we’re talking! ;)
No blood was let for this post!
ha ha, exactly!
That looks so refreshing and delicious! I think with lemonade or prosecco (or both?) would be fantastic!