One of the easiest ways to preserve the fresh taste of Florida Strawberries is to “pickle” them in alcohol. The strawberries transfer their sweet flavor and gorgeous color in just a couple of weeks and then you are ready to make a sparkling strawberry cocktail.
I had such a hard time deciding what method to use to preserve strawberries for this post. Jam is one of my favorite things to make with whatever fruit is in season. And I always wash and freeze strawberries and blueberries in a single layer then pop them into a Ziploc bag to extend their seasons. But I wanted to challenge myself. I had no idea how easy it would be to make strawberry vodka!
As it turns out, it’s really not much of a challenge at all. You can make straight strawberry vodka by cutting up the strawberries and “pickling” them in the vodka but I chose to add some sugar too so I wouldn’t have to add simple syrup for cocktails. It was a good decision.
The first step to a refreshing sparkling strawberry cocktail is to make the strawberry vodka. Start by cutting up some sweet red strawberries.
- 9 oz or 255g fresh Florida strawberries
- 2 1/2 cups or 590ml vodka
- 1/2 cup or 112g sugar
Hull and chop the strawberries into four or five pieces.
Put them in a sterilized jar with the sugar.
Add the vodka and shake gently till the sugar has dissolved.
Leave for at least two weeks in a cool, dark cupboard. Give the jar a gentle shake occasionally.
Strain through several layers of cheesecloth or a single ply of paper towel and decant into a decorative bottle.
Prep time does not include two weeks' pickling time.
Now you are all set to make a sparkling strawberry cocktail!
- 1/2 oz or 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz or 60ml strawberry vodka
- 2 1/2 oz or 75ml club soda
- Curled lemon peel and/or strawberry for garnish
Full a cocktail shaker 2/3 full with ice.
Add in the strawberry vodka and lemon juice.
Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
Fill glass with ice.
Strain cocktail into glass then top up with club soda.
Garnish with strawberry plus lemon peel, if desired.
As the Florida strawberry season winds down in the next month or two, our Sunday Supper tastemakers are sharing ways to preserve the bounty of the winter strawberry season.
They are known as winter strawberries because they are available from November to April each year. Enjoy a taste of Florida sunshine all winter long with Florida Strawberries!”
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