3 Ways to Make Strawberry Infused Vodka or Strawberry Infused Rum

Strawberries, especially fresh-picked, are one of my favorite things in the world (and not just among foods). All three of the following formulas produce really good results.

Fresh Strawberry Infused Spirit

This will include the most tartness of any of the varieties, and the clearest, lightest result. You can also use frozen, but the end result will be a bit cloudier and these berries readily give up their flavor.

Components:

  • Vodka or light rum
  • Strawberries, sliced in half

Instructions:

  • Add strawberries to a jar and cover with vodka by about an inch.
  • Shake well and store in a cool, dark place for 10–14 days. The berries will turn ghost white.
  • Pour through a metal strainer and refrigerate. Best if used within a few months.

Tip: Fresh, wild strawberries will give the best results. If you are picking your own, include a few leaves for added flavor.

Dried Strawberry

Dried strawberries have little water, and a more concentrated sweetness. This infusion is darker and earthier.

Components:

  • 3 cups vodka or light rum
  • ½ cup dried strawberries

Instructions:

  • Add strawberries and spirit to a jar and shake well.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for 10–14 days, shaking daily. After 10 days it will be as sweet as it’ll get, but will add more richness as it goes on.
  • When it reaches desired intensity, pour through a metal strainer or cheesecloth. Store in a cool, dry place. Will keep at least a year.

Tip: This infusion works well as a flavor shot for milkshakes or just enjoyed straight up and at room temperature.

Freeze-Dried Strawberry

This infusion is in a lot of ways the best aspects of both the previous. It adds no water, infuses very quickly, and retains a very strong and natural strawberry flavor. It is a bit less tart than using fresh, and the cloudiest of all even if you only shake very gently. The biggest drawback to this is finding freeze-dried strawberries. Trader Joe’s usually carries them.

Components:

  • 1 cup vodka or light rum
  • ½ cup freeze-dried strawberries

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to a jar and shake gently.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for 3 days, gently shaking each day.
  • Pour through a metal strainer or cheesecloth and refrigerate. Best if used within 3 months.

Tip: This formula makes for an intensely strawberry flavored result, which works very well with frozen daquiris, mixed with soda water, and other drinks where you want a lot of the fruity flavor in a drink that uses a lot of other ingredients as well.

Use in:

  • Strawberry daquiris
  • With soda water or Sprite
  • With orange juice
  • With lemonade
  • Margarita
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Failed science major turned to creative writing which led to a job as a bartender hack turned mixologist turned book editor turned writer who then went on to the world of International Corporate Communications. This is a bit getting back to his roots--that would be booze & science & rambling.
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4 Responses to 3 Ways to Make Strawberry Infused Vodka or Strawberry Infused Rum

  1. Sarah P says:

    The freeze-dried strawberry spirits sound awesome! I want to try that.

    • Next time, I might just try mashing it all together and letting it sit for a few minutes. If you’re just making frozen margaritas or something like that it would be a-ok.

      Freeze dried strawberries are also tastier than candy.

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