When I imbibe, I prefer to keep it vodka. I mean…simple. Yes, I sound like a total boozer but I promise, I’m not. Seen that one too many times. I’m a vodka girl because sadly, most wine gives me a headache and while I really enjoy beer, I don’t enjoy beer bloat, burps and the overall heaviness I get from drinking multiple beers. So, when only an adult beverage will do, I go for vodka with club soda and real fruit flavor like a lime or lemon wedge (I’m not a fan of the “naturally fruit flavored” varieties).
This particular experiment was inspired by an adventure with my besties. One of my most favorite humans was visiting, we had a babysitter on duty, so out we headed to a local bar here in San Diego. Upon arrival, I ordered a fancy drink that featured vodka infused with fresh strawberries. Oh yum.
I definitely enjoyed my fancy mixed drink, but after 1, I was done. I asked the bartender if I could just have the strawberry vodka mixed with soda water and he very graciously obliged. I immediately thought to myself, “Self, when you are sober, make this at home”. And so, 6 months later, it’s berrypalooza and thus, Strawberry Vodka was born.
Please be forewarned. You have to plan ahead and be patient. Brewing time is at least 3 days. My strawberries swam for 7 days. But, it’s TOTALLY worth the wait. See above pic.
Also, PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. It is vodka.
Wanna make some too? Here’s how:
Step 1. Pour a 1 L bottle of vodka* into a 1 L glass jar or container that can be tightly sealed.
*Generally, lower quality vodka is recommended because you don’t need any special nuances (like floral notes, hints of fruit, etc.). You want the strawberries to be the star of the show. I opted for a slightly better than bottom of the barrel (no pun intended) because lets face it, low quality liquor=high quality headache.
3. Allow to infuse for 3-7 days. The longer the better. Give her a gentle shake once a day.
4. When ready to drink, strain over a fine mesh strainer. Discard strawberries. Prepare glass (optional :))
5. Pour your beautiful Strawberry Vodka back in the container (or another tightly seal-able glass container).