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In Praise of Fraise (strawberry vodka)

In Praise of Fraise (strawberry vodka)
Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Maybe the problem started when chocolate tequila hit the shelves. Or cherry pie whiskey. Or all the crimes against vodka, flavoring the spirit with bubble gum, smoked salmon, wedding cake and more. (Not kidding.) For some of us, just the ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes, plus infusing time | Makes about 1 quart infused vodka
  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced, or 1½ pounds frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups simple syrup
  • 1 fifth (750 milliliters, or 3¼ cups) vodka (80-100 proof)

Step 1In a half-gallon jar, muddle the strawberries and simple syrup with a wooden spoon. Stir in the vodka. Seal the jar and store in a cool, dark cabinet until the liquid smells and tastes strongly of strawberries, about 7 days.

Step 2Strain the mixture with a mesh strainer into a clean quart jar. Do not push on the solids to extract more liquid.

Step 3Seal and store in a cool, dark cabinet. Use within one year.

Note: Adapted from a recipe in “Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits” by Andrew Schloss. He writes, “Perfect for sipping on a summer day, for spiking a Cosmo, for dabbing behind the ear.” Simple syrup can be made using equal parts sugar and water heated until the sugar is dissolved.

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