I have dreams of strawberry mojitos… So with Oregon strawberries finally ripening, I purchased a flat at my local farm stand. Most of them will be turned into Strawberry-Balsamic jam and Strawberry Sauce. Some will even become my first shrub. (I’m very excited about that.)
But before I did any canning, macerating, or otherwise, I pulled out a few pints for a Strawberry Rum.
I have never done a strawberry infusion before. Typically, I wait to post a recipe until after I have completed the infusion and tasted it to make sure it is something I would recommend to others. The problem with that method is timing. Any of you who have been following for a while know that I tend to wait for long infusion times. For seasonal ingredients, it may be too late for you to make the infusion by the time I post the recipe.
Strawberries have a fairly short season (at least around here). So I have decided to post this recipe a bit differently. I am making a Strawberry Rum, and starting the infusion right now. If you are interested in making this, you can follow along with me. I’ll post updates every so often (but I doubt I will be straining for at least a month).
3 c. Sliced Strawberries
3 c. light Rum
Place berries and rum in a jar or glass vessel. Seal and set aside to infuse…
You will want to shake or stir your berries every few days. I’m planning on infusing this for at least a month, but will start tasting it in a few weeks. At some point, I may also add some sugar or simple syrup.
For those of you who want to do a strawberry infusion, but aren’t crazy about the idea of a strawberry rum, below are a few other ideas I have for Strawberry booze. I haven’t made any of these, but at some point in the next few years, I’m guessing most of them will have a spot in my infusion closet.
Other Strawberry Infusion Ideas
Strawberry Vanilla Bean Vodka (I’d use the same proportions as above, but add 1-2 split vanilla beans)
Strawberry-Lime Gin (using lime zest)
Strawberry Cachaça (our raspberry cachaça turned out so good, I think this would be great as well)
Strawberry Brandy (either plain or with a bit of orange and lemon zest)
Really, your choices are limitless. If you have done some strawberry infusions and want to share successes or ideas (or failures) please feel free.
Update: Strawberry Booze Infusion, Day 5
Update: Strawberry Booze Infusion, Day 17
June 3, 2012 at 10:59 am
Starwberry w/Vodka is great. Since I also always have limonciello in process, I make Strawberry Lemonade which is spectacular. I find that the strawberry is always cloudy and requires a lot of straining to get it clear but it is worth it.
June 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm
Jon, thanks for the tips on the straining! (Isn’t it amazing how some liqueurs strain so fast and easy and others are much harder.) The strawberry-lemonade with limoncello and strawberry vodka sounds really fantastic!
June 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
June 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm
I don’t know if strawberries are still in season where you are, but if so you should try a strawberry tequila. That sounds like something you might enjoy.
June 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Mmm! these are two of my favorites 😉
June 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm
This way we can enjoy strawberries throughout the year!
June 4, 2012 at 6:19 am
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Sounds fabulous! Looks divine!
June 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Damn, I knew I should’ve gotten half a flat of strawberries at the farmer’s market this weekend! I have a friend who makes strawberry tequila too…
June 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm
How about next weekend… (it only took 1 1/2 pints for this recipe) and there is no cooking!
June 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm
Oh, I will be following along without a doubt! This just looks soooooooo good! By the time you are finished and have all the instructions, it will be close to our fall strawberry season so I can do it then!
June 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm
What?!? You have more than one strawberry season??? It’s like you live in a magical wonderland! (I have some ever-bearing strawberry plants, but they don’t produce a ton)
June 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm
As long as we don’t have over 60 days over 100 – like we did last year – yep, we have 2 seasons! I always thought we were pretty lucky in that way too!
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October 22, 2012 at 11:00 am
I have just bottled some strawberry gin that I have been infusing for almost three months. The aroma is intense and the flavour is strong. I was a little worried that it might be a weak in terms of flavour but it isn’t…. it’s fabulous. I have really got this infusing bug, thanks to you Alicia….
October 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Hi Valerie, that is great! Strawberry gin sounds wonderful. I really like the strong flavor that berries give after a long infusion time like that. And you have just reminded me that I have some strawberry rum I my closet… Maybe it is time for a little night cap! I’m so glad that you now have the “bug”! I look forward to hearing of your future infusions
October 23, 2012 at 3:52 am
Thanks, Alicia. I made sure to use a very sweet variety of strawberry ,”Sweet Evie”. I don’t much like the acidic ones anyway. That night cap sounds good!!
June 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm
Ever since i tasted klubinchka in the nearby russian joint, i’ve been making this simple strawberry liquer. as far as simple 3-ingridients go this one is the best. they also make horseradish liquer, the russian made-up name of which i forgot. anyway this one’s a perfect summer drink….