A luscious homemade drink with two methods for making.
The last, best strawberries still linger in the markets. Yesterday at the market I picked up several pounds of the red fruit for liqueur. This is, like all liqueurs, such an easy pleaser. All it takes is a good jar, strawberries, sugar, vodka and a little citrus. Give in to the goodness, you’ll enjoy it yourself and impress your friends.
Please note: This recipe requires that you cover and allow to stand for one week without stirring and then strain again and allow the liqueur to mellow for one month before serving.
- 3 cups fresh, rinsed and hulled strawberries. Use only fruit in top condition; cut out any bruised, green or bad parts
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups inexpensive vodka. (The reason is that the higher-priced brands have strong characteristic flavors that dominate the taste of the fruit.)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 glass jars that contain up to 2 liters and have tight-fitting lids
- 1 long-handled spoon
- Knife for hulling and paring berries
- Cheesecloth or coffee filters for straining – or buy a pair of nylon knee-high socks, wash one well with dishwashing soap and rinse completely
Method 1: For the patient person
Measure your prepared fruit and the sugar. Crush them together and allow them to stand, covered, for an hour.
Pour the sugary fruit into a jar. Add the rest of the ingredients; cover.
Stir everything up well several times a day for 2 days or until you see that the berries have given up all their color.
Strain into the second jar. Throw out the worn-out berry solids.
Cover and allow to stand for one week without stirring: remaining solids will go to the bottom of the jar.
Strain again and allow the liqueur to mellow for one month before serving.
Method 2: For the impatient person
Put your prepared fruit in a large jar.
Pour the sugar on top; add the vodka, zests and lemon juice.
Stir to start the sugar dissolving.
Cover and stir twice a day.
When you see that the strawberries are all white and pathetic, strain the liqueur.
Cover and allow to settle for 1 week; strain again.
Wait 1 month before serving.
Can you tell which method I used? I can be lazy sometimes. Either way, it’s luscious stuff, with all the bright flavor of the strawberry in it.
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