Boozed + Infused

Infusing liqueurs at home with inspiring and seasonal ingredients


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Starting a Strawberry Booze Infusion

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).

Strawberry Rum

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 Vodka

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.

Happy infusing!

Related Posts:

Update: Strawberry Booze Infusion, Day 5

Update: Strawberry Booze Infusion, Day 17

Strawberry Mojitos

Strawberry-Basil Lemonade


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Sunset Cocktail

I spent some time this weekend working on the landscape around our garden bed. This included laying sand, pebbles, cut stone, and ground cover. After the physical labor was done, it was time for a refreshing cocktail… and seeing as it was sunset, the Sunset Cocktail magically appeared on our patio.

Sunset Cocktail

3 oz Orange Juice

2 oz Pineapple Rum

1 oz Hibiscus Brandy

Add ice to glass, pour ingredients in order listed above. Enjoy!

As an alternative, we had Hibiscus mimosas a few weeks ago that were a great morning version of this cocktail (not that this Sunset can’t be enjoyed at Sunrise… it does have orange juice, after all!)

For the Hibiscus mimosas, try 2 oz OJ, 2 oz champagne, and 1/2 oz Hibiscus Brandy.

Cheers!


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Tropics in the Winter – Pineapple Liqueur

This photo is thanks to my sister Anne, who lives in Minnesota and just happens to be making one of the same infusions as I am.

Are you craving the warmth and sunshine of the tropics? I am… and truth be told, I will be in Mexico in a few days. In the meantime, I am infusing several tropical flavors. First on the list is Pineapple.

We did a pineapple taste test; one with Rum, another with Vodka. They both turned out delicious. It was a hard decision to come up with a winner. Both my husband and I both chose the Pineapple Rum.

Cut up a pineapple, place it in a jar, and cover with your choice of spirit. We infused for 3 weeks. After waiting (and tasting) for 3 weeks, we strained and filtered. The pineapple holds onto a lot of liquid, so you will want to press and squeeze the fruit through cheesecloth. This added a lot more liquid.

After filtering, we added 1 TB thick simple syrup to each cup of liquid for just a hint of sweetness.

Cheers!

Pineapple Liqueur on Punk Domestics