I am really enjoying these hot sunny summer days. Reminds me of home, and is making it incredibly difficult to concentrate on work or anything of a serious nature. I rush through the work day to “hurry” home, to rush in the door, take off my shoes and run out back in the garden and just breath in the intoxicating scent of the honeysuckle.
Along with these hot sunny days and sultry nights, I have craved cool beverages, sometimes of an adult nature. Wine spritzers are nice, but you really can’t beat a nice fruity drink. I recently had a large number of Jubilee strawberries and wanted to use the last bit of them on something that would last and that I could enjoy for some time.
One of my favourite tipples when I can find it is strawberry stolis and cranberry juice. Well, it isn’t easy to find and I thought why not make my own. Worse comes to worse it could always wind up in punch if it didn’t work out as planned.
Well, not only did it turn out well, I am already looking for more jubilee strawberries for a second batch. No, not because I spent the day in a drunken haze, but because it is so tasty, I don’t want to share this batch and not have a back up.
I started the recipe by just cleaning and cutting up a large amount of beautifully sweet strawberries. I then just popped them in a large jar and poured the bottle of vodka over it and left it in the pantry for a week. Each day I dutifully swirled the vodka around and popped it back into the pantry to infuse.
Today I felt it was time to strain and test. For quality control purposes only you see. As some of the seeds and strawberry ‘fur’ were sediment in the jar, I wanted to get rid of them. I strained the strawberry vodka into a measuring jug and then strained it again in the funnel into the bottle.
I could not believe how the gorgeous ruby tone to the vodka, makes me wonder how the heck the flavour Strawberry stoli’s!
Now for a quick taste. I felt it was perfect as is, however I made two batches, one as is and one with a vanilla bean simple syrup added for a sweeter kick that means you can drink the vodka neat, preferably right out of the freezer where the bottle now lives, garnished with a strawberry of course.
To make the simple syrup, just put equal measures of sugar and water, add a vanilla pod, split down the middle and a touch of vanilla extract (I used some homemade extract I had in the pantry). Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool and then use or store in the fridge to use later in cocktail or desserts. It is a lovely way to sweeten homemade whipped cream.
The finished article!
Don’t you want a taste? I know I do.