For some reason I’ve been intimidated by infusing vodka. Maybe intimidated isn’t the word… overwhelmed is better. Not because it’s hard. But because there are so many combinations. I worry that once I start I won’t be able to stop. Vanilla will lead to Earl Gray, Earl Gray will lead to cucumber, cucumber will lead to lemon and pretty soon, I’ve got a closet full of bottles of weird booze. (Actually that might be kind of great…) Well, I finally popped the infusion cherry and gave it a go. So far I only have two little bottles, and I don’t think that will change, because I plan to drink it all as fast as I infuse it.
I made strawberry the with a recipe from Tracy. The best park about strawberry vodka is that it’s so pretty! From the beginning to end, a beautiful red color. The process is so simple. I used a old pickle jar, filled it with strawberries (two pints) then topped it with vodka all the way to the top. You’re supposed to put it in a dark place for a couple of days but I just kept it on the counter because I love to look at it.
You’re supposed to let it sit for three days, but we only made it two before Jacob and I stole a little off the top. We mixed it with peach schnapps, and club soda.
When I finally did strain it, I tried to use a coffee filter but that didn’t work too well but a mesh strainer worked great. Now time to come up with some strawberry based cocktails. Strawberry drop? Strawberry on the beach? Strawberry island iced tea? I’l be back later with more research… in the meantime:
STRAWBERRY INFUSED VODKA
2 PINTS STRAWBERRIES
2 CUPS OR MORE VODKA
Clean and hull the strawberries, put them in a glass jar with a right fitting lid. Fill the jar until the straberries are covered in vodka. Screw the lid on tight and set in a safe (dark?) place. Give the jar a shake once or twice a day. Strain at the end of day 3.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a bunch of weird bottles of booze in the closet!!