Summery Strawberry-Infused Vodka Recipe

Published April 19, 2022
Strawberries in a Glass Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1½ to 2 cups hulled and sliced fresh strawberries
  • 750mL vodka
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash hulled strawberries, pat dry, then slice.
  2. In a large clean bottle or jar, add sliced strawberries and vodka.
  3. After sealing, give the container a gentle shake to mix the vodka and strawberries.
  4. Store the infusion in a cool, dark place for approximately 3 to 4 days, and give the mix a firm swirl every day.
  5. Before straining, sample the infusion by pouring it into a glass. If you want more flavor, allow the strawberries to steep longer.
  6. If the flavor is good, carefully remove the strawberries and discard them.
  7. Funnel the infused vodka into the second clean bottle, filtering with the cheesecloth.
  8. Carefully seal.

You can use the strawberry vodka right away. You can also store the new vodka in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place for approximately one to two years without the quality decreasing. Discard when the flavor starts to fade or tastes "off."

Variations of Strawberry-Infused Vodka

Strawberries are great on their own, and so is a strawberry vodka, but that doesn't mean you need to stop now. Dream of bigger flavors, like the timeless strawberry basil flavor!

  • Consider adding a half cup of coarsely chopped almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, shelled pistachios, or walnuts for a savory, nutty flavor.
  • Give it a flair by adding a tablespoon of cloves or two to three sprigs of basil or mint.
  • Capitalize on the fruit flavors and add a half to full cup of blackberries, pitted mango or papaya, peeled and cubed pineapple, pomegranate seeds, or raspberries.
  • Citrus will brighten the strawberry flavor, so add two to three whole sliced limes or lemons, as well as a large whole sliced orange.
  • Make your infusion a little sweeter by adding a half cup of honey or maple syrup.

Strawberry-Infused Vodka Cocktails

Mix up a strawberry vodka, or several, to show off all of your hard work.

Strawberry Fields Martini

Strawberry Martini

There's no better way to make your strawberry-infused vodka shine than in a martini.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, strawberry vodka, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lemon peel.

Strawberries and Cream

Strawberries and Cream

This cousin of the white Russian brings that classic strawberry and cream dessert to a cocktail glass near you.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces strawberry-infused vodka
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • ¾ ounce strawberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce white creme de cacao
  • Crushed ice
  • Strawberry slice for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, strawberry vodka, heavy cream, strawberry liqueur, and white creme de cacao.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over crushed ice.
  4. Garish with strawberry slice if desired.

Strawberry Basil Cooler

Strawberry Basil Cooler

Take it easy in the sun, or cool off in the shade, with this fruity and herb forward cooler.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 ounces strawberry basil-infused vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Basil sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle basil leaves with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add crushed ice, strawberry basil vodka, lemon juice, and remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Pour, do not strain, into highball glass.
  5. Top off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with basil sprig.

Strawberry Collins

Strawberry Collins

Go classic flavors with modern vodka in this riff of a Collins.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces strawberry-infused vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Berry club soda to top off
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball or Collins glass, add ice, strawberry vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Top with club soda.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.

Mixers for Strawberry Vodka Drinks

Nothing beats a two-ingredient cocktail, and these mixers get the job done in no time.

  • Lemonade
  • Limeade
  • Cola
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Tonic water
  • Club soda
  • Flavored club soda, such as orange, vanilla, coconut, lemon, lime, raspberry, or cherry
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cherry juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Elderflower liqueur
  • Orange liqueur
  • Rum
  • Almond liqueur
  • Port
  • Simple syrup
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup

Endless Fields of Strawberry-Infused Vodka

Don't hold back on your strawberry dreams. But the next time you find yourself up to your eyeballs in strawberries and not sure what to do, grab a bottle of vodka and easily infuse. Whether you enjoy your strawberry-infused vodka on its own or in a cocktail, there's no wrong way to fill your life with juicy strawberries.

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Summery Strawberry-Infused Vodka Recipe