Love the taste of fresh strawberries? How about in a cocktail? Here is the simplest way to look like a star while making your own creative spring and summer cocktails with this dummy proof recipe for strawberry infused vodka.
Imagine the fresh burst of juicy strawberry flavor as you pop one into your mouth and bite down. It just screams summer. Now you can package this same essence in vodka to give a flavor punch to numerous summer cocktails. They don’t have to be all frou-frou drinks, this infused vodka gives you lots of options.
Strawberry Basil Cooler
- Muddle 3 or 4 leaves of fresh basil in a cocktail shaker
- Pour 2 oz of infused vodka with ice into shaker
- Shake wildly until your fingers feel frosty
- Pour over ice in a tall glass
- Top with an ounce tonic water or ginger ale to your preferred potency
Note this is really good if you rim the glass with some rich balsamic vinegar with a disclaimer. Lick your lips or wipe your mouth frequently if you don’t want to resemble a woman in hideously bad lip liner. Muffler mouth is not a good look.
Strawberry Basil Martini
- Follow steps 1 & 2 above
- Add 1 TBL of simple syrup
- Shake until frosty
- Pour into a martini glass
- Top with a floater of your favorite bubbles, champagne or prosecco
Peaked your palate? Making the infused vodka is even easier.
Be ready before strawberry season gets here, this will have you lining up excited for some fresh berries. Start with a glass beverage or drinks dispenser. Notice how glass drink dispensers are all the rage recently? This is what you use one for. You can find them anywhere from Target to Crate & Barrel, Costco to Amazon everything in-between. There are two things to look out for when buying a beverage dispenser:
- The spout is as low to the bottom of the container as possible.
- There is a stand, or the unit where the spout is stands high enough off the counter to get a glass under it.
Glass is better than plastic, no flavor transfer. Now you are ready to make Strawberry Infused Vodka.Fresh strawberries are the best, unless you freeze your own. All Buy organic, only organic if for no other reason than they TASTE BETTER. Organic provides the sweet, full-bodied strawberry goodness you are after. After washing and rinsing strawberries core, slice and wrap in cheesecloth. Tie the top so you end up with a nice back of strawberries, being careful to leave enough extra room to negotiate it into the top of your drinks dispenser. While this picture only shows one layer, fold the cheesecloth over so you have a couple of layers – makes it easier later. Place into your dispenser and add two bottles of your favorite vodka. Again good vodka, such as Rain, is smooth and does not induce headaches. Almost done, next is the hardest part… ignore it for a week. However, keep a small glass close by so you can take a tiny sip each day to taste how the flavor builds. Yes, your strawberries may loose their color and become sort of white as they infuse into the vodka, all good.
After a week, two at the most, give those strawberries a nice squeeze as you remove the bad from the dispenser. You’ve just made your own strawberry infused vodka!
Note: the squeezing part is vital otherwise you throw away some nice vodka infused strawberries and your vodka doesn’t have as much flavor.