STRAWBERRY VODKA

Pretty, delicious and smells amazing! This strawberry infused vodka is perfect for gifting or serve (chilled) neat on ice, mixed with soda or making cocktails like strawberry daiquiris!

Ingredients for  STRAWBERRY VODKA


Yield: 1 x pint (450ml) jar

Strawberries,

Fresh or Thawed, Sliced

1/2 - 1 cup (fresh fruit is best but frozen will also work)

Castor Sugar

1 tablespoon (optional)

Vodka

Approx 1 1/2 cups

(choose a brand you like, 80 proof or higher is best to make it more flavourful/fragrant)

METHOD:

1.  Wash and hull strawberries. Slice in half or quarters if large.
2.  Add prepared strawberries to a clean pint (450ml) capacity jar.  
3.  Add flavouring if you like (see flavour ideas below),
4.  Add castor sugar and half the vodka. Secure plastic jar lid tightly and shake then top up with remaining vodka to 1/4 inch (5mm) from the rim.
5.  Store strawberry vodka jar in a cool, dark and dry place i.e. pantry for 4 weeks, gently shaking daily.
6.  When vodka has infused to your liking, strain through several layers of cheesecloth to remove fruit solids and cloudiness from the strawberry vodka (this “drunken fruit” can be added to an adults-only dessert topping if you wish) and consumed within a day or two.
TIP: To make this more like a liqueur, add sugar syrup (1 cup sugar dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water, cooled to room temperature) after straining the strawberry vodka. Adjust syrup to taste.
We like to leave it as vodka then add sugar syrup when mixing cocktails instead.
7.  Carefully pour strawberry vodka into sterilised jars or bottles and seal tightly. Store in refrigerator up to 6 months or in the liquor cabinet for up to 4 months or so (it will keep longer than this, but will lose colour/appearance).

NOTE: When gifting we dilute with sugar syrup to make strawberry liqueur, then put into 100ml or 150ml decorative bottles with screw on lids or cork lids and a pretty label.

  
FLAVOUR IDEAS:
o    Lemon – add a strip or two of lemon zest;
o    Vanilla – add a scraped, split vanilla bean;

  
Author: Megan Radaich          
Image credit: Megan Radaich          
Publication: www.foodpreserving.org

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