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Strawberry liqueur

A luscious homemade drink with two methods for making.

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  • Yield: 1 liter
  • Prep time: 30 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Equipment

  • 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

Directions

Strawberry liqueurPrepping the strawberry liqueur (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

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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