Saturday, July 27, 2013

Infused Strawberry Vodka Press

So, you've now got your Strawberry Infused Vodka sitting, taunting you to drink it. I couldn't wait the full 3 days for it to infuse. The second day, Friday, I tapped that puppy and mixed away!

So, the drink of choice that I've been addicted to is about as easy as the infusing process. All you need is your vodka, 7-up (or Sprite if you prefer), Club soda, a lime and ice. "Press" in the bar world is a mixture of half 7-up and half club soda. So, I pour the amount of vodka I want over a cup full of ice (about 1-2 oz or shots of vodka) and finish the rest with half-and-half of the sodas. 

Strawberry Vodka Press:
• Ice
• 1-2 oz infused strawberry Vodka
• half 7-up
• half club soda
• Lime Wedge

The batch I made wasn't super sweet, so I went a little heavier on the 7-up than the club soda. I then finished off with a lime wedge. It is the best summer drink; so refreshing and light!

There you have it! An easy 2-step process! Oh, and get creative with your strawberry vodka! Here is another recipe to try if you are a fan of Ginger ale:

Strawberry Vodka Ginger Cooler:
• 1 ½ ounces strawberry-infused vodka
• 1 ½ ounces ginger ale
• Seltzer water


Friday, July 19, 2013

Strawberry Infused Vodka; 'nuff said!

Ah summer! The time for fun and relaxation! And also great beverages. I'm typically a beer girl, but in the summer when the heat is on, I like a bit more refreshing and lighter beverage. One of my favorite go-to places is a bar called The City in downtown Madison on State Street. Its not a place you would think to go because it's in the basement and is dark with low ceilings. But this bar makes their own Strawberry infused vodka that makes your trip out of the sun so worth the while. I like to go when it's really hot out so you don't feel so bad sitting in the dark cave-like setting.

My co-worker introduced me to the best drink every - the Strawberry Vodka Press.  I've gotta say - it's my new go-to summer drink. The $6 price tag is a bit more than I like to spend per drink, but it's worth the splurge. Since strawberries are so cheap right now I googled the recipe for infused strawberry vodka. Turns out it's ridiculously easy to make!

Alright - stay with me... you clean and cut up strawberries, fill a container with them, and pour vodka in the same container. Did you get all that? There are recipes online, but I just filled the container with strawberries, and topped it off with as much vodka as could fit in the container.

I'm fortunate to have these amazing ball jars that I inherited. They are the tinted blue colored ones with the mercury tops - one of my favorite things that I own! 

If you are particular with your vodka - be sure to use your favorite brand. I'm more after the budget friendly - so I used what I had in my stock. I'm not very picky when it comes to vodka.

Oh, store in a cool and dark place for 3 days. Agitate the containers a couple of times throughout the day if you get the chance. My jars weren't that seal-proof, so I threw a piece of saran wrap under the tops.

I could only wait 2 days to crack my first jar... sad, right? The recipe I found said to stream through a coffee filter. I was too lazy to look for one so I grabbed some paper towels. Learn from me - I don't recommend using paper towels. Know those annoying commercials bragging of being super observant? Well, I want to get the most vodka as I can out of this recipe - and I'm guessing there was more leftover vodka in these towels than there needed to be!

Ah, sweet strawberry vodka goodness! Now for the drink recipe! More to come - check back.

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