Strawberry Basil Infused Vodka
Heady strawberry-forward aromatic flavor with balanced notes of sweet fresh basil. This vodka is a summer hit! Inspired by and with thanks to Nutmeg Nanny.
- Fresh strawberries washed, air dried, and hulled
- fresh basil leaves washed and air dried
- fair quality vodka
- One clean canning jar with a new two-piece lid
Cut strawberries into pieces and load into the jar, layering in the basil leaves among the strawberries. You shouldn't squish the strawberries into the jar, but you should fill it full and to within 1/2-inch of the rim of the jar.
Important Note about the Basil: For a quart jar, add 2 large or 4 small basil leaves. For a pint, add 1 large or 2 small basil leaves.
Pour in the vodka. Fix the lid tightly in place on the jar and shake vigorously 4 or 5 times. Let the vodka infuse in a cool, dark place for 3 days. Open the jar and sniff... Does it smell strongly of strawberries? You're ready! You can strain it into a clean jar and store in a cool dark place for up to a year as long as the temperature doesn't fluctuate. For optimal flavour retention, strain out the fruit and basil and store, tightly lidded, in the freezer.