Strawberry-Infused Vodka

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 8, 2011

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Strawberry-Infused Vodka is one of those things you don’t know you need, until you make it and drink it.

Then you need it. Oh yeah, you need it.

It tastes like the reddest, ripest, most delicious strawberry you ever want to meet, with a little adult kick to it!

I snagged the basic recipe from Sean Timberlake of, a great website for modern canners and preservers. He posted it on the website of food God David Leibovitz, who says he drinks it straight from the freezer. Author Sean drinks it over ice.

You could use it like an unsweetened syrup to dribble into sparkling wine for a kir royale. Or with club soda or mineral water. I tweaked it just a tiny bit with some vanilla bean and peppercorns and orange peel. Suit yourself.

It’s easy to make. It just takes a few days, and patience. Delayed gratification will be worth it.

Strawberry-Infused Vodka

Make sure you label it and remind yourself when to stir.

Strawberry-Infused Vodka

I fit the pitcher into the pantry. Lunchbox-adjacent!

Strawberry-Infused Vodka

It's in good company -- Gummy Vites, lunchboxes and booze!

Strawberry-Infused Vodka

When ready, strain and discard strawberries. They gave up their flavor and color to the drink.

Recipe: Strawberry-Infused Vodka

Summary: Intensely flavored, jewel-colored strawberry vodka to drink chilled straight up, over ice or as a sparkling beverage.


  • 3 cups vodka (or 1 750ml bottle)
  • 2 pints (about 1 1/4 pounds) strawberries, organic or unsprayed
  • 20 peppercorns
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half
  • 1 strip peel from an organic orange


  1. Rinse, hull and quarter the strawberries and place them in a glass container with lid.
  2. Add vodka and all other ingredients, stir and cover.
  3. Store in cool, dark place (such as a kitchen cabinet) for 3-7 days. Swirl once a day. After 3-7 days, strain with a colander or cheese cloth. For super clear result, strain again through coffee filter. (I did not strain because I liked the vanilla bean seeds in it.)
  4. Store in a bottle in the refrigerator.
  5. Use wisely — straight up well chilled, or over crushed ice, or in a glass of sparkling wine or Champagne for a kir-like drink, or in sparkling water. Maybe over ice cream?

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8-10

Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Strawberry-Infused Vodka

Up close and personal with the vanilla bean seeds. Love it!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy Hickman June 2, 2013 at 8:34 am

Darn this looks good!


Dorothy Reinhold June 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

Oh yeah, it really, really is!


Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 September 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Your strawberry infused vodka sounds amazing and is a recipe I most definitely will try!!! It’s gorgeous and sounds divine! I’m also excited to check out Punkdomestics. Thanks for the recommendation.

I love the way you added vanilla bean to your infusion. Yum!
Thank you so much for being a part of “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday at Rook No. 17. I’m thrilled to be spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today.



Dorothy September 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm



The Outlaw Mom September 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I think it’s calling my name! Looks so delicious! What a great idea for all the berries we keep bringing home from the Farmer’s Market and not eating in time. Thanks for sharing 🙂


Dorothy September 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

Outlaw mom,
Let us know how you like it! And send a photo of YOURS!


Cassy Muronaka September 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I want that NOW.
Nice pic of the drink, too, Dorothy.


Dorothy September 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Thanks! I want it now, too! Unfortunately, I drank it all up “testing” it.
Yeah…that’s my story.

Thanks for the compliment on the photo!

Reply September 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Mmm…Looks so refreshing!


My Man's Belly September 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

That looks divine! Love that it’s next to the kid’s lunchbox. It would definitely be in my thermos. 🙂


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