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.