As I sat watching mounds of fresh strawberries begin to rote in the ridiculous summer heat, I thought it would be fun to try to make my very own strawberry vodka. Obviously, this was in anticipation to share my homemade libation with friends and family. I decided that the excess of mint growing in the garden and the abundance of strawberries would be a perfect taste combo to put the many commercial flavoured vodkas to shame!
In Maine, hard liquor is sold in supermarkets so that made my quest even easier. As I was doing my regular shopping, I threw in a few extra bottles of Shmirnoff Vodka et voila the recipe was almost done.
The key to making any flavoured vodka is to have an air tight container and a week to spare. I luckily had both and was excited to begin my adventure. Needless to say, the outcome was received with rave reviews though many of the guests could hardly remember what they drank the following day!
The recipe is as follows:
(for one 750ml bottle of vodka)
1C fresh whole strawberries, hulled
5 fresh mint leaves
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Place strawberries, mint leaves and lemon juice in a sealable container
Pour vodka over the fruit mixture.
Seal the bottle and let sit for a week
The strawberries will turn white as the vodka turns red
The vodka can last for months.
The vodka has a lovely berry flavour that can be enjoyed on its own as a shot or made into a cocktail. I made a cocktail with the following items:
2 parts vodka
1 part lemonade
1 part seltzer
serve in a highball with a slice of lime, a mint leaf and a strawberry for colour.