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Strawberry Infused Vodka

With just a few simple ingredients, you can upgrade your vodka from ordinary to outstanding. This strawberry infused vodka is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and makes the perfect base for all your favorite summer cocktails.

Vertical view of two small bottles of red vodka with strawberries on the table

As you can probably already guess, I love alcohol infusions. Here’s the proof: cherry vodka, cherry bourbon, watermelon vodka, rhubarb vodka, and cranberry vodka! Phew! And I have more infusions planned for the future.

A while back, we traveled to our cousins’ house for a visit. Their three children with significant others were staying with them at the time. As a fun thing to do, I brought all the infusions that were in my house, which happened to be everything mentioned above, and I ran a taste test.

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I didn’t let them know what liquor or fruit was in the infusions, but I asked them try each one and rank them in order of their preference.

The winner

This recipe – the strawberry vodka – won the test. It’s that good. Runner up was a tie between the cherry vodka and cherry bourbon.

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Want a recipe that uses this delicious infusion? Here’s my strawberry cosmo.

Tips for washing strawberries

  • Always wash strawberries well because they are among the ten fruits with the highest pesticide levels.
  • Don’t soak them as strawberries easily absorb water, which dilutes their flavor and sweetness.
  • To wash, remove the leaves with a strawberry huller (linked below) or core them out with a knife leaving as much fruit as possible. Then put them in a colander or sieve; run water over them; take them in your hands and gently rub each one with your fingers to make sure you clean it.
  • After they are completely washed, place them on a paper towel and dry them off or let them air dry for several minutes.

Helpful tips

  • You want to use a large jar, one with enough space to gently shake the strawberry and vodka. I use a 64 ounce jar.
  • The jar doesn’t need to be sterilized but you should wash it in hot soapy water, rinse it well, and dry it.
  • I DON’T recommend eating the strawberries after you remove them from the vodka. They will be spongy and taste nothing like strawberries or much of anything. Whenever I’ve sampled strawberries and cherries after infusing them with alcohol I have always regretted it.
  • I like to make this infusion in small batches, but double it if you like.

How to make strawberry infused vodka

Pre-step

Get a freshly washed large jar, a strawberry huller and knife.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – strawberries and vodka.

Strawberries on a table with a bottle of vodka along with a large jar

Step two

Wash the strawberries (see tips above), dry them, and use the huller or knife to take off the leaf and the stem under it, leaving as much fruit as possible.

Step three

Slice the strawberries lengthwise and place the slices in the jar. Fill it halfway with the fruit.

Cut up strawberries in a jar with the bottle of vodka in the background

Step four

Pour the vodka in the jar and over the strawberries.

A jar with cut strawberries filled halfway and a bottle of vodka being poured into the jar

Pour until the jar is half full and the strawberries are covered.

Step five

Cap the jar and gently shake the two ingredients together.

The jar of vodka and strawberries with the lid on and shaken

Step six

Leave the jar on the counter for 5 days, shaking it gently once each day.

Here’s what it looks like after the 5 days. You can see toward the bottom how red the vodka got.

The lidded jar with the strawberries and red vodka ready to be strained

Step seven

Place a strainer over a large measuring bowl and pour the contents of the jar over the strainer.

Notice how pale the strawberries are? Toss them after they have drained.

A strainer with pale strawberries in a bowl with the red vodka in it

If you have some bottles available, pour the vodka into them. You could also store it in a ball jar or other container you can pour from.

Two bottles of red vodka on a table

Would you just look at that color?

And wait until you taste it, you are in for a treat!

Bottles of red vodka with strawberries on the table

I hope you enjoyed this strawberry infused vodka recipe! It’s so delicious.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Strawberry Infused Vodka

With just a few simple ingredients, you can upgrade your vodka from ordinary to outstanding. This strawberry infused vodka is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and makes the perfect base for all your favorite summer cocktails.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcohol infusions, strawberry infused vodka, strawberry recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Infusion time: 5 days
Total Time: 5 days 5 minutes
Servings: 30 ounces
Calories: 98kcal

Ingredients

  • 30 ounces vodka
  • 8 strawberries (washed, hulled and cut into lengthwise slices) (you may need more, depending on the size of the strawberries)

Instructions

  • Wash the jar with hot, soapy water. Make sure you rinse it fully and dry the jar well.
  • Place the sliced strawberries in the jar. Make sure you fill the jar halfway so you may need more than what is in the recipe because it depends on the size of your berries.
  • Fill the jar halfway with vodka, making sure you cover the strawberries
  • Cap the jar and gently shake the ingredients together.
  • Place the jar on the counter or back hall. Do not put it where it will be in the sun.
  • Let it rest on the counter for 5 days. Only shake it gently once a day.
  • Place a strainer over a large measuring bowl and pour the contents of the jar into the strainer.
  • Let the strawberries fully drain. Toss the strawberries in the trash – at this point they are not good to eat.
  • Pour the liquid in a jar or decorative bottles.
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Tips on how to wash strawberries
  • Always wash strawberries well because they are among the ten fruits with the highest pesticide levels.
  • Don’t soak them as strawberries easily absorb water, which dilutes their flavor and sweetness.
  • To wash, remove the leaves with a strawberry huller (linked below) or core them out with a knife leaving as much fruit as possible. Then put them in a colander or sieve; run water over them; take them in your hands and gently rub each one with your fingers to make sure you clean it.
  • After they are completely washed, place them on a paper towel and dry them off or let them air dry for several minutes.
Helpful tips
  • You want to use a large jar, one with enough space to gently shake the strawberry and vodka. I use a 64 ounce jar.
  • The jar doesn’t need to be sterilized but you should wash it in hot soapy water, rinse it well, and dry it.
  • I DON’T recommend eating the strawberries after you remove them from the vodka. They will be spongy and taste nothing like strawberries or much of anything. Whenever I’ve sampled strawberries and cherries after infusing them with alcohol I have always regretted it.
  • I like to make this infusion in small batches, but double it if you like.
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Nutrition

Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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30 Comments

  1. Strawberry season is just around the corner. What a great recipe to try. Why pay the high price in the store for infused vodka. Make it at home instead.

  2. After seeing expensive infused vodka in the store, I loved finding this recipe to make my own right at home.

  3. Oh this sounds divine and I’m so impressed with how easy it is to make. This over ice would be the best.

  4. Wow this sounds so good. I’ve never tried infusing vodka with fruit before. It would be hard to have the patience to wait 5 days, but the final result definitely seems worth it! Thank you!

    1. Thanks πŸ™‚ I really recommend this infusion since it is so tasty. Another good one is cherry infused vodka.

  5. Love the colour of this strawberry infused vodka. And it sounds so easy to make. I even have home grown strawberries to try it with once they are ready to pick!

    1. Ooo. You’re so lucky to have homegrown strawberries, Jacqueline :). This is my #1 favorite infusion so far. Thanks πŸ™‚

  6. This is one tasty vodka! I love making all sorts of strawberry cocktails during the summer, and I can’t wait to elevate them with this vodka.

  7. Preparing a batch next weekend! I love that it only takes 5 days to infuse and it is so pretty! I found this recipe just in time for strawberry season! πŸ˜‰

  8. I adore infused vodkas! Why have I never thought about strawberry infused vodka? I can’t wait to try this and I see it making an appearance in many of my summer cocktails.

    1. Thanks Debbie. I’m constantly thinking of what I can infuse next. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it when you try it.

  9. Wow! I wouldn’t have thought there was vodka in here. You have made a very beautiful cocktail. I love the color.

  10. Wow. I love this idea. What a great way of using strawberries. That will be our newest party drink. And I am looking forward to eating the strawberries, too.

    1. Thanks Kate. We love this infusion, but one warning, is don’t eat the strawberries. They will be tasteless and a little mushy. πŸ™‚

    1. I don’t know why people rate recipes that they haven’t tried. Maybe they are rating the way it looks but I don’t have control over how they respond. I hope you give the vodka a try as it is in my opinion, the best and tastiest infusion.

  11. super easy, and great result.
    I made 3 litres and had to put down another batch right away as it was so good. I made a cream liquer with a cream base mix, and topped up with this vodka. Not really intense enough, so will try with more strawberry vodka next time

    1. Sounds absolutely wonderful! This is by far my favorite infusion so far. Thanks for letting me know, Sam! I appreciate it.

  12. Question! Can I store the vodka at room temp afterwards or should it be in the freezer? and how long will it be good for?

    1. Yes, you can store it at room temperature. I use it up fairly quickly but it’s good for at least 6 months. You will have to give it a shake before measuring it out, but still has the delicious taste. (On another note, cold vodka is so good but it does take up room in the freezer.) Thanks for your question, Cara! Enjoy.

  13. I just picked some strawberries today and I am excited to try this recipe out!!! How long can I keep it after infused for 5 days?

    1. You can keep it for over a year. But if you’re going to have it past 6 months, to keep the vibrant color – place it in the fridge or freezer! I hope you enjoy it, Christine.

  14. hi i found ur recipe and i will try it i am a home brewer so yeah will give it go and i will try cherry vodka thank you

    1. Strawberry is my favorite infusion, John. I hope you do try it and enjoy it. (Cherry is my 2nd favorite.) πŸ™‚

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