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Irene’s Strawberry vodka liqueur recipe

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I’ve had a few emails asking for a recipe for strawberry liqueur. I haven’t made it myself but Irene shared her recipe in the comments on our post Two recipes: Wild Damson Gin and Sloe Gin recipes. This is the most visited post on our blog. The credit crunch has seen an upturn of visits too. And why not? There’s nothing like the distraction of homemade grog when times are getting tough.

I spent a couple of hours analysing the jungle of srawberry liqueur recipes on the internet but always Irene’s recipe sounded best. I did find a very useful thread on the chowhound forum for making a wide range of fruit liqueurs

Making fruit liqueurs can be as much fun as the tippling. Salting away the jar to mature is a good idea. Most of the other recipes that I found are ˜mature’ within three weeks!

Generally, I’ve found that fruit liqueurs are best left for at least six for the fruit to really do it’s stuff (with the exception of blackberry gin and vodka where the fruit should be strained after three months and the grog left to mature for as long as you have the patience). If you leave soft fruit in the alcohol for longer than six months you run the risk of spoiling your liqueur, which can take on a woody taste.

Without the fruit, all grog benefits from a long maturation process And the boozy fruit can be used to perk up fruit salads, crumbs and tarts. Be wary if children are sharing your meals as these fruits are strongly alcoholic.

Try and find green bottles to mature your liqueur. This will keep the bright colour of the grog and this is why red wine is stored in brown or green bottles. If only clear glass bottles are available cover them with a tea cosy of brown paper to keep out the light. Always sore your liqueurs somewhere cool.

Irene’s Strawberry liqueur recipe
Recipe Type: Liqueurs
Author: Irene
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Ingredients
  • Enough strawberries to fill a preserving jar/wide necked bottle
  • Caster sugar
  • Vodka or gin
Instructions
  1. Hull enough perfect strawberries to fill a preserving jar or wide necked bottle.
  2. Prick each berry a few times with a cocktail stick and pop into jar or bottle. Add caster sugar to come about a third of the way up the jar and top up with vodka or gin.
  3. Seal and keep in a cool dark spot for 3 to 6 months. Strain thru muslin and re-bottle. ENJOY!!

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27 Comments

  1. Serena

    Strawberry liqueur, yum. Can’t wait to try this. Will definitely be on the list of liqueurs to make this year. Just have to visit the PYO! Cheers.

  2. I’m not fond of gin but was given some last year and used it to make your raspberry gin – absolute heaven! So I’ll definitely be trying strawberry vodka. I found your blog when looking for recipes for quince jelly and have been enjoying your posts ever since – thank you, Fiona.

  3. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Serena

    I’m keen to try this one too. Irene’s recipe has a decent ammount of strawberries in it and I’m sure that this would make a difference.

    Hi Ann

    Great that you are enjoying the blog!

    Raspberry gin is the best liqueur that we make. It will be interesting to see how the strawberry works out.

    Other good ones are redcurrant and gooseberry.

  4. hi fi!
    long time no whatsit!!!
    just a quick update first: the raspberry gin is divine, the blackberry whiskey has all gone and the lemon, lime and kumquat gins are still rolling around in the back of the car.
    my daughter recently joined rainbows and on monday we took the “troop” strawberry picking. we picked almost a pound and after discovering that she doesn’t like strawberries(woohoo!) my attention immediately turned to gin! oh, if only i could find a recipe…….BINGO!
    i now have a modestly sized jar of the red gems floating seductively in pink gin…..can’t wait to go again and make more.
    thank you, as ever, for the inspiration.

  5. Edward Vielmetti

    Thanks for the recipe. We do a fruit liqueur every year as holiday gives, good to have more alternatives.

    I collected some of the recipes I found this year here:

    http://vielmetti.typepad.com/vacuum/2008/07/making-fruit-li.html

    I found your strawberry, plus juneberry, currant (cassis) and blueberry. If you locate a gooseberry liqueur recipe I’m interested, nothing showed up yet in searches.

  6. Donita Allen

    Sounds wonderful. While hunting for a new blackberry liqueur recipe, I came upon your blog and am now into it up to my neck! Rather than get my intended chores done this afternoon, I believe I’ll be out picking blackberries for a batch of blackberry gin. It never occurred to me to use gin, and now I can hardly wait!

    I make a strawberry liqueur very much like Irene’s, but I use a mixture of vodka, brandy and red wine, with a cinnamon stick thrown in as well.

    thank you so much for the ideas.

  7. Fiona Nevile

    Hello Donita

    Thanks for dropping by.

    ‘I make a strawberry liqueur very much like Irene™s, but I use a mixture of vodka, brandy and red wine, with a cinnamon stick thrown in as well.’ Sounds interesting and lethal!

    Vodka works very well too. A much sharper drink and we prefer it.

  8. Tracey Cannon

    Hi All

    Have just found your website as wanted to make Blackberry Vodka. Have made some and very anxious to try it! Have moved on to making Strawberry wine/vodka. Sounds great!!!

  9. the strawberry vodka was decanted last night and tastes great! i had so many strawberries that i made some strawb gin and strawb brandy too. they are both divine! the brandy has a real kick to it.hic!!!

  10. Hi

    Have now made two batches of glorious strawberry vodka. Very easy to make and after drinking the first batch, my hubbie wanted me to make more!! We didn’t waste the fruit either, friends came round to help us drink belini’s. We pureed the strawberries and added to sparkling wine to make. Brilliant, but warning……… went to our heads very quickly!

    Really want to try and make strawberry wine, so if anybody has any really easy recipes, I’d love to hear.

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