How to Make Strawberry Liqueur

Here in Alaska, it is still deep winter, with hip-high snow over the strawberry beds and temperatures well below freezing. Every summer, when the harvest gets too hectic to handle, I might get to picking berries, but not processing them. So I throw them in the freezer in a gallon ziplock.

The wonderful thing about this, is that now, when I really need a taste of summer, I can pull out a bag. The frozen berries work great for smoothies, or to create a quick sauce for a cheesecake or pancakes. Or I can whip up a batch of preserves if we have run out.

But today I’m needing something stronger.

So, here’s my recipe for strawberry liqueur. It takes a few months to a year to be ready to drink, but believe me, it is well worth the wait.

Mash 6 cups of strawberries in a glass jar or a crock with an air-tight lid (this will yield about 3 cups of mashed berries.) If using frozen berries, allow them to thaw a little before mashing. Do this by hand, careful not to crush the seeds, or the drink will be bitter.

Pour 3 cups of Everclear (I like liqueur with a kick – you can use vodka if you prefer a less potent liqueur.) over the berries and mix. Seal the lid and store it in a cool DARK place for a minimum of two months. Any light reaching the berries will leach them of color. Check the mixture a few time and shake or stir to make sure all the fruit pulp is covered with alcohol.

After two months, it is time to strain the fruit. Make a sugar syrup by combining 1 1/2 cups of sugar or honey with 1 1/2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Stirring to prevent the sugar from burning on the bottom, boil until the sugar dissolves. Allow it  to cool, then add it to the berries.

Run the liqueur through a jelly bag. DO NOT SQUEEZE the bag. If you do, the liqueur will be cloudy. You MAY however, eat the berries and pulp – it is great over ice cream.

The difference through a second filter

If you want crystal clear liqueur, strain it a second time through a coffee filter set in a mesh colander. You may need to change out filters a few times as they clog with fine particles.

If you want the liqueur sweeter, add more sugar syrup (granular sugar does not dissolve well in alcohol) to taste. Bottle it and age another month or two.

If not exposed to light or air, the liqueur will keep a long time. Don’t ask me how long, because it tends to disappear pretty fast around here.

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20 thoughts on “How to Make Strawberry Liqueur

  1. DeNise

    Thanks, I really needed this. I’ve had a bumper crop of berries and this adds a very nice dimension to ‘getting rid’ of the extras.

  2. Beth F

    Your version sounds awesome. I’ve made blackberry liquor using vodka but didn’t strain it properly and people ended up with little seeds. oops! I think I’m going to make a variety of liquors this summer when we hit berry season.

  3. Tam Linsey Post author

    My husband says little seeds just let the imbiber know they’re getting the real thing – lol! I prefer my drinks without seeds. 🙂
    This recipe works for all kinds of fruits – just adjust the amount of sugar syrup according to how sweet the fruit is naturally. Currants need lots, while raspberries need less.

  4. Tam Linsey Post author

    Go ahead and try! Use a little less sugar syrup (raspberries are sweeter than strawberries.) But don’t hesitate to taste test before bottling 🙂

  5. Tam Linsey Post author

    Everclear has no taste of its own (like vodka) so I prefer it to other spirits because it allows the infusion to show its true colors. If you don’t like as much “kick,” vodka works fine, too.

  6. mamabearskitchen

    Wow… science fiction AND cooking… were we separated at birth? I can bake like a crazy person, but I’ve never made liqueur before. Looking forward to trying this!

  7. Tam Linsey Post author

    Cooking is the original science, after all. Biology when we butcher, chemistry when we bake, physics when our kid lifts the still-moving beaters out of the bowl … lol!
    I’d love to read about your results if you try making liqueur!

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    1. Tam Linsey Post author

      Holy cow! Sorry about that. I switched WordPress themes and somehow all the writing got changed to white on white. Hopefully I’ve fixed all the posts now. Thanks for calling it to my attention.

  9. bfhu

    Just followed your recipe for 6lbs of frozen strawberries from Costco. Hope I like Strawberry Liqueur since just the steepage is 1 1/2 gals! I am making Christmas gifts though.

  10. Millie

    Don’t have everclear ‘over here’, so went for 80% vodka……currently ‘maturing’ for a month. Smelt divine when bottled…..I hope I can resist for long enough x


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