STRAWBERRY WINE LIQUEUR

Ready to enjoy after just four days, this liqueur is made from infusing fresh strawberries with wine, vodka, vanilla and sugar. Serve chilled.

Ingredients for  STRAWBERRY WINE LIQUEUR

YIELD: 6 CUPS

White Wine

3 cups (i.e. Sauvignon Blanc)

White Sugar

2 cups

Lemon

1 (zest only)

Vanilla Bean

1 (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Fresh Strawberries

450g

Vodka or Gin

1 1/2 – 2 cups

*TIP: USE A 2 LITRE JAR WITH A TIGHT-FITTING PLASTIC LID.

METHOD:

1.  Heat wine, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest gently, whisking to dissolve. Do not boil. Remove from heat.                               

2.  Wash strawberries, hull and cut in half. Add strawberries to warm wine mixture (off heat) for a minute or two to heat the fruit gently to help release their juice. Cool the mixture to touch.

3.  Carefully ladle the strawberries and wine mixture into a clean 2L jar (or evenly between two x 1 litre jars).

4.  Top up the jar/s with vodka (or gin, if using). Secure with plastic lid/s tightly. Refrigerate.

5.  DAY 1-4: Shake jar/s daily. Keep refrigerated.

6.  DAY 4: Strain liqueur through a sieve (or 3-4 layers of muslin or cheesecloth) to remove fruit and zest. Store strained liqueur in bottles or jars.

7,  Label and refrigerate liqueur for up to 4 weeks (or freeze for longer storage in freezer-safe containers).   

Author: Megan Radaich          

Image credit: Megan Radaich          

Publication: www.foodpreserving.org

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