After I had listened to a year old podcast by Joy the Baker and Tracy of Shutterbean, I was inspired to make this Infused Vodka from Tracy's website. Once the vodka idea was in my head, I had several ideas of what to do with said vodka! The first idea was a strawberry lemonade.
The sad thing was I had never made lemonade before. After some high quality Internet research it seemed like the magic equation for lemonade was 1 cup water to 1 cup sugar to 1 cup lemon juice and then add water to taste. I reduced the amount of sugar in my simple syrup because I knew the strawberry vodka would be really sweet.
I was so pleased with this cocktail! It starts going down so smoothly and I was like, oh man, I thought this would be stronger. But then, after several tastes, the strength started to catch up with me! This cocktail packs a delicious, hidden punch! The sweetness of the strawberry vodka is balanced by the tartness of the lemonade. I can't wait to make this again!
Strawberry Vodka Lemonade Yield - 4-6 servings
3-4 days before serving 16 ounces strawberries, washed, trimmed, & cut in half 3 cups vodka (I used Stoli Strasberi)
- Add the strawberries and vodka together in a pitcher or jar with a lid.
- Shake or stir the mix. Place the mixture in a cool dark place.
- Try to shake or stir the mix 1-2 times per day for three days.
- Strain the mix through a fine mesh strainer into a bottle, I just used the empty vodka bottle. Store until needed.
An hour or two before serving 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup fresh lemon juice (7 lemons) 2 cups strawberry vodka 1 cup water sliced lemons and strawberries for garnish
- Add the sugar and 1 cup of water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil stirring occasionally to make a simple syrup.
- Juice the lemons.
- Add the simple syrup, lemon juice, strawberry vodka, and the remaining 1 cup of water to a pitcher. Mix to combine.
- Add in the sliced lemons and strawberries. Refrigerate for at least an hour to cool the drink and let the flavors marry.
- To serve add ice to a glass and pour over. Garnish as desired.