Strawberry Cucumber & Basil Infused Vodka

by Kate on August 13, 2014

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I don’t think it’s any secret that I appreciate a festive cocktail on occasion. In these summer months, I especially like sitting on the back deck entertaining friends with a cool drink in hand. Each time we have company over I try to make something extra special. Making infused spirits adds a unique homemade touch to what might ordinarily be just a plain ol’ cocktail. In the past I’ve made homemade Limoncello to create a Blueberry Limoncello Sparkler. It’s a wonderful vibrant summer cocktail sure to impress. The best part is that Limoncello is ridiculously easy to make!

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Much like that Limoncello, this strawberry cucumber and herb infused vodka is a cake walk too. Infused spirits practically make themselves. I love the freshness that cucumbers add to water so they were my starting point for this infused vodka. Next I wanted to add a bit of sweetness so in came strawberries. Basil is one of my very favorite herbs and added another level of complexity to the flavor profile.In the end, this vodka is lovely served with tonic and a twist of lime, paired with lemon-lime soda or use it in place of plain vodka in your favorite cocktail. The possibilities are endless so let your imagination run wild. Get creative!

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Enjoy!

~K

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Strawberry Cucumber & Basil Infused Vodka

Yield: 750 mL

Strawberry Cucumber & Basil Infused Vodka

Vodka infused with fresh cucumbers, sweet strawberries and fragrant basil.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups hulled and chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped cucumbers
  • 1 (750 mL) good quality bottle vodka
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, coarsely torn

Instructions

  1. To a 1 quart jar, add strawberries and cucumbers. Pour vodka over strawberries and cucumbers. Put top on and invert jar a few times. Store in a cool, dark place for 17 days. Each day invert jar once or twice then continue to rest in a cool, dark place.
  2. On 18th day, add basil and invert a few times. Return to cool, dark place and allow it to rest for 4 more days, inverting jar one or twice each remaining day.
  3. After 21 total days, strain vodka and discard all solids. Store strained vodka in the refrigerator.
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Meg August 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

Sounds so refreshing! I love cucumber in my drinks. I’ll try this recipe out – will be hard to wait 21 days!

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Kate August 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Thanks Meg! I hope you like it and it’s worth the wait 😉

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ChristineM August 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

wow, that looks really delicious!

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Kate August 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Thanks Christine! It’s so fun to experiment with different flavors.

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

You know this is a passion of mine; I could use a whole room for the infusions I want to try. LOVE cucumber in cocktails; it adds an element that is hard to imagine doesn’t it?

I’ll trade you some blueberry mint vodka for a bit of yours? 🙂

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Kate August 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

You’ve got yourself a deal! Blueberry mint sounds like such a wonderful flavor.

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