Infused Strawberry + Blueberry + Vanilla Bean Vodka

Berry Infused Vodka

Still riding the high of my recent LET’S-MAKE-EVERYTHING-FROM-SCRATCH! revelation I decided it was time for a little home alchemy thanks to a friend who, in exchange for my photographic services, presented me with a rather large bottle of vodka. Lovely.

Berry Infused Vodka

Berry Infused Vodka

After trawling the internet regarding the best methods of home infusion I shrugged and tumbled everything into a tub for steeping; I’m talking strawberries, blueberries, lemon rind, sugar syrup, a cinnamon stick and the most potent vanilla bean I have ever had the pleasure of using to create this DIY berry infused vodka.

Berry Infused Vodka

The only difficult step to this process is waiting. I kept this tub in a dark place for three weeks after which time it looked a little something like this; the vodka had completely stripped the berries of their colour and little vanilla bits were floating everywhere. Straining this concoction was incredibly ugly (NOTE: no matter how tempted you are, do not eat the berries; your brain will melt out of your ears if you do).

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After further cheesecloth straining I funnelled my wonderful liquor into glass bottles. The result? The most intensely delicious vanilla. Vibrant red and fragrant berry flavours. This was one of those times a pilot experiment has lead to immeasurable happiness!

Berry Infused Vodka

Now, what to do with such a special brew? Keep it simple; one shot over ice, lemonade, freshly sliced strawberries to garnish. This drink is girly as all heck but is so absolutely special I’m convinced the boys will be more than willing to drink this over, and over again. Welcome to vodka with style!

Berry Infused Vodka

EDIT: my brother, my dad and my boyfriend love this so yes, it is a blaring manly success!

 

 

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  1. JasmyneTea’s avatar

    That photo of all the berries is AMAZING. I imagine your liquor would be too – I’ve always wanted to try infusing vodka with skittles, but this looks like it would be even better!

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  2. chopinandmysaucepan’s avatar

    Hey Alana, this looks absolutely amazing! What brand of vodka did your friend give you?

    I presume it should be a “plain” vodka if there is such a thing coz Absolute comes up with so many flavours! I presume you meant “do not eat the berries” in your NOTE? Yes, I am tempted and yes I will be happy to try this too being a guy. I might keep this in the freezer as one should with vodka and serve it icy cold. This is great as the weather hots up and thanks for sharing!

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    1. alana’s avatar

      hey there! you’re right, it was plain vodka – i think using a flavoured, absolut vodka would be cheating! it’s funny you mentioned putting these in the freezer because that’s exactly what i did when my boyfriend gave it a try; it was like an adult slurpee. and thanks for helping with my stupid typo!

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    2. ash’s avatar

      Looks amazing. I’m going to have to give this a try :) I was just wondering where you got the bottles that you put the finished product in?
      Thanks

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      1. alana’s avatar

        thanks, ash! i bought the bottles from a local homewares shop. nice glass bottles are sometimes a little hard to come by so i was fortunate to find these fairly quickly.

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      2. Joanne’s avatar

        I like your throw-everything-in-and-hope-for-the-best method. seems like it worked!

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      3. Maia at Sweet Alchemies’s avatar

        What a delightful way to capture the flavor of summer berries to enjoy for months to come! Beautiful photos, too.

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      4. Lindsey’s avatar

        Did you store the vodka in the fridge while it marinated, or in a closet somewhere?

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        1. alana’s avatar

          hey lindsey! i hid him away in a dark cupboard for the three weeks. it’s fine unrefrigerated so long as you don’t open the tub and expose the berries to air.

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        2. Erin@TheFoodMentalist’s avatar

          Yum! I too must do something like this as it’s a great idea. Love the bottles you have used too :)

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        3. Alicia’s avatar

          Looks like a great flavor combination! Yum!

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        4. claudia’s avatar

          where did you buy or bottles from?

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          1. Alana’s avatar

            Hey there Claudia, I bought them from a little homeware store near my place. Any variety or gift store near you should carry them!

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          2. The Nutrition Guru and The Chef’s avatar

            Just gorgeous. Love the shots of the berries on their own. Makes you want to dive in and grab a handful to much on :)

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