Strawberry Infused Vodka

strawberry infused vodka

Infusing vodka seems complicated, right? You'll be surprised how easy it is! When you take super ripe strawberries and let them sit in vodka for a few days, you get something UTTERLY delicious. The berries let out all of their bright red juices RIGHT into the vodka. You end up with a vodka that smells and tastes like strawberry perfume. Think Strawberry Shortcake meets booze! It also transforms the clear liquid into the shade of my favorite childhood treat- a cherry Slurpee. Summer perfection!

STRAWBERRIES!!!!

The only problem you'll face with this Strawberry Vodka is that goes down a bit too easy...especially on a HOT HOT day. That could be fun if you have some sprinklers to run around in. Adults in a kiddy pool! Haha!

jar + vodka + strawberries

So, let's get started on this infusion! It takes up to three days to complete and then we'll discuss what to mix with it! Sound good? Now I want you to go pick up two pints of strawberries & some vodka and pick out a cool jar to "brew" it in. Meet me back here and I'll tell you what we're gonna do with it.

And we're off!

Cut up those berries!

strawberry choppage

Place them in a large container (or jar!).

ready to be filled

Pour the vodka on top!

filling

To the very top!

filled up

Put a lid on it!

ready to go!

Keep it in a cool dark place for 3 days. Agitate it a couple times per day. And then it looks like this!

after a couple of days

Let's STRAIN IT!!

straining

Run it through a fine mesh strainer or a coffee filter a few times.

straining

You want to avoid shrapnel like this:

this is what you dont want in there

Look! It fits in two little jars when done! Keep in the fridge! It will last for many weeks!

jarring

Do you eat the strawberries? Only if you want to get WASTED. They are pretty strong and don't have much sweetness to them. But maybe just try one? See what it's like?

Stay tuned! We're gonna make something special with it!

Strawberry Infused Vodka

Makes about 2 1/4 cups vodka (depending on how much you squeeze out of the strawberries)

(recipe from Sean Timberlake of Punk Domestics)

  • 2 pints fresh, ripe strawberries quartered
  • 750 ml vodka (I used Pearl Vodka!)

Combine the berries & vodka in a seal-able container large enough to contain it all. Seal, and store in a cool, dark place (like your pantry) for 3 days, or up to a week, agitating daily. Strain with coffee filters or cheesecloth. Store and serve well chilled.

***I learned this recipe from Sean himself! I took a DIY Infusions & Liqueurs Class from him at 18 Reasons in SF! Highly recommend. He's a GREAT teacher and his passion for what he does is CONTAGIOUS!!!***

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  • katie

    I was so hoping for a recipe after I saw your tweet about this eariler. Love!!!!

  • Nicole

    Yes, please! BTW, your Pearl vodka Trader Joe's tweet sent me into the liquor section and my 8 am shopping run turned into a party :) Didn't find the vodka, but found some good beer deals and Reed's Ginger Brew is the cheapest I've seen there!

  • cindy

    yes!! i am so going to do this...maybe with some peaches later in the season too!

  • Megan

    Ooh such a good idea!

  • Emily | Nomnivorous

    Do the berries keep any of their flavor? Did you eat them afterwards? I can't imagine just tossing drunken berries.

    • Tracy

      Oh yeah I should mention that! They are super strong and potent!! Not much sugar left. I would say NO unless you wanna get messed up.

  • Bethany ~ Sustainable Food For Thought

    Lovely photos... I just put up a batch of pineapple infused vodka about three weeks ago. Once the Oregon sunshine *finally* decides to stay around for a while (that might be after Independence Day, who knows at this point?), I'm looking forward to some delicious summer beverages.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Vanessa

    jungle juice, for the sophisticated types. Nice, I like where this is going.

  • Meli (Blush + Jelly)

    This sounds delicious! Might make a batch for a 4th of July BBQ!

  • Carrie Rosalind

    Oh my gosh, YUM! I'm putting this on my weekend to do list!!

  • Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

    You sure have me convinced. This is what I'm doing with our next batch of berries. I bet it would be awesome with raspberries too.

  • Kate

    I love strawberry infused vodka, especially in the summer with a little muddled mint and lemonade!

  • my spatula

    this sounds dangerously good!

  • Vanessa

    One word. Yum!!!!!

  • Katrina

    This is a whole lotta tasty! Yum!

  • Linda

    Would this work with champagne since I don't drink hard liquor? In France, they often put strawberries in champagne. I would totally cram those berries down the neck of the bottle, but waiting 3 long days might be tough. BTW, I am eating the fruit regardless of the consequences;)

    • Tracy

      Think of all the bubbles!!! Make a strawberry syrup and it to your champagne! Or eat strawberries while drinking champagne and looking at design mags. That sounds fun.

  • mandy faught

    ooooohhhh yummmm! gonna try this!!! and btw, i am so excited for this week's podcast with you and joy the baker! i walk around my house with my ipod on and my family can just hear me laughing....there is a small possibility that they now think i am crazy...hmmmmm.....hehehe!

    • Tracy

      i laugh hysterically in my car....at stop lights....people watch me....at least i'm not picking my nose. ;) THANKS FOR LISTENING!

  • Ginny

    ooh---pretty! you could put the left over strawberries in a "smoothie"

  • amina

    Imagine getting wasted off of fruit. What do you think we could do with the leftover strawberries. Freeze them and use them as "hard ice" in another beverage? I think that may be a cool idea...

  • Nicki Woo

    Oh, gonna go bezerk on this one. It reminds me of my old college days making moonshine in the cellar. Kidding. But I did make beer and wine, and Rumtopf. Ooooh. My mouth is watering.

  • Leah

    This is such a great idea!! I totally love the idea someone posted about freezing them, then you can add it to drinks and get extra boozey! PERFECTION!

  • Cyndi B

    Oh Yum! Will have to try this one.. What about with Ginger or hot peppers? Would it take the same amount of time to infuse? ..or longer? I had this great drink in the city (SF) one night with mango & chili pepper infused vodka, it was delicious!

    • Tracy

      In the class I took, we made a jalapeno & lime tequila that was spicy! All we did was poke the whole jalapeno a few times and after sitting overnight it was good to go. I would use some caution because you could make something incredibly un-drinkable! That mango chili pepper infuse vodka sounds super!

      • Kellie

        Jalapeno & lime tequila sounds amazing. Can you share more specifics about the proportions? BTW, I've been listening to your podcast with Joy the Baker. They're great!

  • Joy in DC

    Hi Tracy. I popped by your site after listening to your podcast w/Joy the Baker (clearly, I like people named Joy). I giggled when I saw this, as I'm a big fan of infusing vodka at home. My fave flavors have been: pineapple, apricot (with dried apricots), apricot-anise (again with dried apricots), strawberry-vanilla (w/half a vanilla pod), strawberry-mint (w/fresh mint), and good ole vanilla (again, with a pod). I have fig (with dried figs) infusing now - I bet it will be good. Anyway, I'm enjoying your blog. Thanks!!

  • Wren

    I love your blog- I wanna be creative like you when I grow up (hope that wasn't stalkerish) anywho I'm gonna try this.

    Also, I was wondering what font you used for the word Strawberry in the above photo. I'm obsessed with fonts and now that I have a silhouette SD, the obsession is even worse.

    Thanks!

  • Sean

    Do you actually have a Food Network-branded measuring cup?

  • Ash

    like like like!!

  • Zoe

    I've got cherry vodka (and strawberry) ready to be strained...we should have a Bay Area vodka party!! (oh, I did lavender vodka last year and it was amazing in lemonade!)

  • CAPow!

    I definitely want to try this! I'm wondering if you've ever tried it using vanilla or whipped cream vodka? Maybe that would taste even MORE like strawberry shortcake!

    • Tracy

      Oh I kinda meant like the Strawberry Shortcake doll! It had a scent in the plastic! i bet this would be great soaked in a shortcake though! WOW.

  • Michelle

    Holy cow, this sounds like the perfect summer drink. I cannot wait to see what you do with it!

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    This looks amazing. I'll be making some this week!

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  • regan

    hey lady, you think if I make this now with in season strawberries and store it for about two months in the freezer, it'll stay good?

    • Tracy

      not sure how it will freeze....BUT....strawberries will still be around in two months. Do later next month and it should hold for over a month in the fridge.

      • regan

        got it. I didn't think it would freeze, I was just hoping the freezer would keep it fresh longer.

        Is it sad that I'm already planning my post pregnancy drinks?

  • Barb in Louisiana

    Hi, I made this up last night. I was wondering: I have it brewing in the fridge. Should it be in there (it is cool and darK) or should it be at room temp? Thanks!

    • Tracy

      Good question! For some reason my head is telling me that the strawberries might not give off all of their juices in the vodka if they're in the fridge. You might also have to extend the time you let them soak. Room temp is how I brewed mine.

      • Barb in Louisiana

        Ok, then, if you did it at room temp, I'll pull the jar out of the fridge and stick it in the pantry til Saturday. : ) Thanks.

      • Barb in Louisiana

        Also....I assume it's ok to share this recipe - I mentioned on Facebook to my crew that I was doing this, included the link and everyone now a) wants to do it and b) thinks your blog is the bees knees. : ) Thanks for all the great recipes and fun stuff.

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    I made this for my friends this week and it was a big hit! it was super easy and super tasty! thank you! (also, i love your blog) :D

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  • Sandra

    So what will you do with the strawberry infused vodka? Sounds wonderful, but not real sure how I would prepare a drink with it.

    • Tracy

      it's SCRUMPTIOUS with lemonade (which I'm gonna get to this week!) It tastes really good on its own though and a little sparkly water is awesome with it.

  • Barb in Louisiana

    I plan to try it in some limeade or orange juice. Or put it over some cracked ice and sip. Mine is "finished" and tastes like strawberries on fire. LOL. It might get me into trouble; I just know it.

  • Wren

    I plan to make frozen strawberry lemonade with the frozen lemonade concentrate from Trader Joes and the leftover strawberries and vodka! (I plan to freeze the strawberries first).

  • mandy faught

    well i tried mystrawberry-infused vodka this weekend in some awesome homemade lemonade and it was the best lip-smackin', yummy-good big-girl drink i have had in some time!!! thanks again for sharing! *'big-girl drink' is my code for alcoholic drink....hehehe! gotta get creative when you have kiddos! ;D

  • Brooke (Baking with Basil)

    Definitely making this tonight for the weekend! If it tastes as good as I imagine, I have a feeling it could be very dangerous. haha! Just came across your blog. I'll definitely be back. :)

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  • Teresa

    This looks so cool and delicious! I'm going to try this :D

  • Jen

    I've made this before but with gin instead of vodka. Also delicious. The strawberries tasted pretty disgusting though, made me feel quite sick! Definitely try them though! :)

    Thanks Joy!

  • Jordan

    Hey, I'm a food science student and I think it might be prudent to mention that it's important to keep the strawberries submerged to keep nasty bacteria from making you sick.

  • Cindy

    I've done this with blackberries, peaches, and apples, using vodka, brandy, and rum, respectively. I often turn it into a liqueur by mixing in a simple syrup with the infused booze.

    The fruit can (though I didn't do this with the apples) be cooked up with some sugar to make a sweet boozy compote that's delicious on top of ice cream. I've also taken the vodka soaked blackberries and blended them with simple syrup and some lime juice to make a very tasty cocktail.

  • Julia Z

    I´ll use the strawberries for icecubes in drinks. We want to get wasted....!

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  • Jenny (VintageSugarcube)

    I made some and can't wait to get out of work, strain it and take it to a party I'm going to tonight. I may need to take some more pics!! I really love your variety of recipes. :)

  • Schnatzi

    I made this with Maker's Mark Bourbon a week before fourth of July and served it plain and mixed with homemade lemonade. It was fantastic. Thank you very much!

  • Cookie and Kate

    Wait, you have infusion classes in San Francisco? No fair! I was actually listening to you talk about this strawberry infused vodka on my way to a chef knife skills class in Oklahoma City. I wish I could find some cool cocktail classes around here! I'm all about learning. And boozing.

    • Tracy

      yup! There are lots of places to check out in the city. I loooove taking classes. How was your knife skills class?

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  • Christina

    I made this!
    I was reminded that I don't drink.
    Pssh - made it anyway. It was fun and beautiful.
    A couple of dudes in the liquor aisle asked me what girls drink. I said, "Strawberry infused vodka" of course! They said, "Woah. Fancy. We just wanna get through the night."

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    I did blueberry, blackberry, peach and strawberry. The cool thing about blueberries and blackberries is that they don't lose their color. I was thinking you could skewer and freeze and use them as swizzle sticks.

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    Also, if you can't find Pearl vodka, other good ones to use are Svendka, Pinnacle, New Amsterdam, or Stolichnaya.

    Happy Infusing!

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  • Suzie Suzie

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    Thanks for the great tutorial, as well. CHEERS!

    • Tracy

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