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