Vodka takes on a natural sweetness and beautiful color when infused with fresh strawberries. This strawberry infused vodka takes minutes to put together and only a couple days to become the freshest, fruit vodka.
Vodka cocktails are perfect on a hot summer day and this delicious infusion really celebrates summer with its ripe strawberry flavor.
Fruity vodkas are super popular, but many are full of artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. And while vodka flavors vary from brand to brand, some start to taste more like candy than fresh fruit.
This homemade strawberry vodka recipe is so much better than the strawberry flavor vodka you can buy at the store. It has the natural flavors, no added sugar, and gorgeous color from the strawberries.
It’s also an unexpected and fun way to change up liquor you already have on hand. I love gifting infused vodka in a DIY Cocktail Kit - along with a few additional ingredients for vodka drinks like simple syrup and fresh citrus - to create a custom basket for a summer hostess gift or as a holiday present.
What You Need
- Fresh, ripe strawberries
- Pint mason jar with a tight fitting lid
How to Make Strawberry Infused Vodka
Clean, and slice the fresh whole strawberries in half.
Put ripe strawberries in a clean, pint mason jar.
Fill the jar to the top with plain vodka.
Tightly cover the jar and put it in a cool, dark place - like a pantry or cupboard.
Let the jar sit for 2-5 days.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. (Optional - Line with a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove any tiny particles that may have fallen off the strawberries.) After at least 2 days, strain the strawberries out of the vodka by pouring them through the strainer.
Discard the berry remnants.
Enjoy the vodka!
Cocktails to Make with Strawberry Infused Vodka
My Strawberry vodka lemonade! Use your strawberry vodka in place of the regular vodka called for in the recipe for amazing flavor and color in your cocktail.
Cosmopolitan cocktails are also delicious when made with strawberry vodka instead of the plain vodka in the classic recipe.
Use the freshest, ripest strawberries you can find. Bonus if you’re able to start your liquor infusion the same day you get them from a local farm. The more ripe your berries are, the less time you need to let them soak in the vodka. Super ripe fresh berries will only need 48 hours to impart stunning color and flavor.
Get creative with your flavor combinations! Have vanilla beans in the pantry? Add one in with your strawberries for Strawberry Vanilla Vodka.
Store your vodka in glass mason jars or another type of glass, airtight container. You can even use the original vodka bottle to hold your strawberry infusion! Stay away from plastic containers. They’ll inadvertently impart taste into your vodka while you’re storing it.
Frequently Asked Questions
You certainly can, though I don’t think they taste or look that good. The strawberries give up a lot of their color and flavor to the vodka while they infuse, so I recommend discarding them after you strain your vodka. But if you enjoy a mouthful of mushy vodka that kinda tastes like strawberries, go for it.
Obviously, in this post I’m recommending vodka, but strawberry infused gin is also delicious. Just follow the instructions on this page, swapping out your favorite gin for the vodka.
Your favorite plain vodka is great here. Skip the super expensive vodkas for making infusions. It’s not worth the extra price if you’re not drinking it straight.
Once strained, strawberry infused vodka will keep for 6 weeks at room temperature or up to 6 months when stored in the refrigerator.
I infuse everything for at least 2 days, then start sipping the infusion to taste-test it. Many infusions are good after 48 hours, but depending on the ripeness of the fruit and/or your preferred flavor strength, you can let it go longer.