Strawberry Infused Bourbon

Strawberry Infused Bourbon

So this is my first official post featuring photography in my new space :)  With most of my boxes unpacked, I’ve reached the “buy new stuff” phase of my move, trying to fill in bare spots in my living room and kitchen.  After assembling the dining table shown above, I almost immediately felt compelled to use it as the setting for my next photo shoot.  I just love how the stainless steel surface gleams in the light flooding in from my kitchen window.

To my dismay, I opened my fridge earlier in the day to notice a bounty of ruby red strawberries looking all sorts of bruised and battered.  After a quick scalping, I popped a small, slightly soft strawberry into my mouth.  Sweet, tart and perfectly ripe.  With no chance of winning the prettiest produce award, the rest of the strawberries were promptly sliced and tumbled into a large mason jar.  You see the great thing about alcohol infusions is that prettiness is not required.  Everything looks good after a healthy dose of bourbon :)  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Try using this Strawberry Infused Bourbon to put a twist on some classic cocktails:

  • Strawberry Old Fashioned (in a glass, dissolve 1 tsp. sugar in 3 dashes Angostura bitters and a few drops of water, add 2 oz. infused bourbon, stir to combine, finish with ice, garnish with a strawberry)
  • Strawberry Mint Julep (muddle 2 tsp. simple syrup and 8 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker, add 2 oz. infused bourbon and ice, shake until chilled, strain into a glass piled high with finely crushed ice, garnish with mint)
  • Strawberry Manhattan (add 2 oz. infused bourbon to a cocktail shaker with 1 oz. sweet vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters and ice, stir until well chilled, strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a lemon twist)
  • Strawberry Sour (combine 1 1/2 oz. infused bourbon, 3/4 oz. simple syrup, and 3/4 oz. lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake until well chilled, strain into a glass with ice, garnish with lemon wedge)

Enjoy :)

Sliced Strawberries 2

Strawberry Infused Bourbon
 
Author:
Recipe type: Infusion
Serves: 750 ml
Ingredients
  • Ripe, organic strawberries (I used just over a pound)
  • 750 ml good bourbon*
Instructions
  1. Wash, dry, hull and slice all strawberries. Place in a large, airtight jar then cover with bourbon. Seal the jar and let steep for 7 days in a cool, dark spot. Give the jar a good shake every two days.
  2. Strain the bourbon into a clean jar or bottle through a fine mesh basket strainer lined with a layer of cheesecloth.** Discard solids.
Notes
*No need to bust out your small-batch, ultra-aged, super-special bourbon for this recipe. Just make sure you don't use anything from the bottom shelf. ** You want to be certain that you strain out all of the solid materials from the bourbon. Any leftover particles will breakdown over time and have an adverse affect on the taste. You should strain out the bourbon with a fine-mesh basket strainer or a coffee filter. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 months.

 

Comments

  1. Teresa says

    This sounds so amazing. May I ask what brand of bourbon you used? Or what price range? Can’t wait to try it!

  2. says

    Hahha! I cracked up at “everything looks good after a healthy dose of bourbon.” Green light for homemade infusions, prudent warning for a weekend bar crawl. ;)

  3. says

    I like to slightly cook the strawberries to release the natural sugars. Then the infusion should only take 4 days. If you are in a rush and want to make this, you can also infuse in an ISI Whipper very quickly.

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Josh! I actually found that the strawberry flavor did get stronger as the week went on. Perhaps it took longer because the strawberries were uncooked. I saw that ISI trick demonstrated in the NYT dining section and thought it was an interesting idea. I might need to get one of those Whippers ;)

  4. says

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    • Brandon Matzek says

      Hi Jung, I actually use WordPress. So sorry to hear you are having issues with hackers! Maybe try changing your password every 3 months?

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