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Strawberry Liqueur {Creamy & Classic Version}

Strawberry Liqueur {Creamy & Classic Version}

Delicious and fragrant this strawberry liqueur is also one of the easiest liqueurs you can make at home.

Its vibrant red color and irresistible strawberry flavor makes it perfect to use in cocktails but also to sip slowly all on its own.

With this recipe you can make 2 versions of Strawberry Liqueur. You do it by simply changing the type of the syrup you add to the strawberry infused alcohol.

  1. Classic Strawberry Liqueur is semi-transparent, bright red in color with accented strawberry flavor. 
    It’s perfect to use in cocktails and desserts. It’s made with strawberry infused alcohol and simple syrup.
  1. Strawberry Cream Liqueur is a creamy liqueur with strawberry flavor. It’s almost a dessert all on its own.
    It’s a little less alcoholic than the classic version. It’s delicious served from the freezer and slowly sipped from a liqueur glass. Strawberry Cream Liqueur also great for topping ice creams. 

If you want to preserve summer flavor in a bottle this strawberry liqueur is a must-make.

Using only 3 basic ingredients you’ll have a delicious homemade liqueur that you can proudly serve on parties or even present as a gift.

strawberry liqueur

Ingredients

  • Strawberries – use the most fresh, bright red color strawberries. Those bought at the farmer’s market or grown in your own garden are the best. It’s very important that strawberries smell and taste great, since this will directly impact the taste of your final strawberry liqueur. Blunt taste strawberries simply will not pass any flavor to the liqueur, so as strawberries color will impact color of your strawberry liqueur. 
  • Alcohol – pure grain alcohol 190 proof/ 95% vol such as Everclear Grain Alcohol 190 Proof or Spirytus Wesoly 192 Proof.
  • Sugar Syrup (made with sugar and water) and/or Cream Syrup (made with sugar, whipping cream and milk).

How To Make Strawberry Liqueur and Strawberry Cream Liqueur – Step – by – Step

Prepare Strawberries

Rinse strawberries under cold running water.

Drain, pat dry with a paper towel and let air dry for a few more minutes.

trim strawberries

Remove the stems and cut each berry into small dices. As an alternative you can cut them in thin rounds.

cut strawberries in small pieces

Place strawberries in a glass jar with airtight closing and pour in the alcohol. It’s very important that all strawberries stay covered with alcohol. If needed you can either remove a few strawberry pieces or add just a little bit more of alcohol.

place strawberries in a jar with alcohol

Leave To Macerate

Let macerate for 10 days. It’s possible to macerate strawberries for as little as 5 days up to 20 days.

macerate strawberries in alcohol

When you’re ready to make strawberry liqueur, prepare the syrup at least a few hours in advance.

Prepare Sugar Syrup and/or Cream Syrup

In a pot add water and sugar and bring everything to a boil. Mix well making sure all sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely.

If you want to make strawberry cream liqueur mix whipping cream, milk and sugar in a pot. Bring to a boil. Let cool completely. Place in the fridge for a few hours (optional but recommended).

Make Strawberry Liqueur and/or Strawberry Cream Liqueur

Strain strawberries macerated in alcohol. Lightly press with a spoon to extract all the liquid.

strain strawberries from alcohol

If you want to prepare only classic strawberry liqueur make sure to double the syrup and once it’s completely cool mix with strawberry alcohol.

In case you’re preparing both classic and creamy version, first divide strawberry alcohol in 2 equal parts. By weight you should get approximately 450 grams total or 225 grams for each of the liqueurs.

make strawberry liqueur and strawberry cream liqueur

In one part of strawberry alcohol pour sugar syrup, in the other preferably chilled creamy syrup.

bottling strawberry liqueur

Mix well and bottle in sterilized glass bottles.

Top Tips For Making Strawberry Liqueur & Strawberry Cream Liqueur

  • Use the most ripe, fresh strawberries. They should be bright or deep red in color. But pay attention they’re not over ripe as overripe strawberries might be spoiled and will ruin your liqueur. 
  • The size of the strawberries is not important. In fact, a lot of times small strawberries will have more flavor. The most important things is that the strawberries are fresh and firm to touch.  
  • Any strawberries that started to soften or turn a burgundy/brown-ish color should not be used to make the liqueur.
  • You can choose to strain strawberry liqueur for the second time but I don’t find it necessary.
  • You can prepare sugar syrup and especially creamy syrup the night before bottling your strawberry liqueur.
  • It’s highly recommended to chill cream syrup overnight or at least for a few hours before making Strawberry Cream Liqueur. This way you’ll get a smoother liqueur in terms of texture.
  • If you Strawberry cream liqueur tends to have a little uneven texture simply blend it in a food processor or with a blender.
  • It’s also normal for strawberry cream liqueur to separate after a few hours. In this case vigorously shake the bottle until combined and serve.

How Strong Is This Strawberry Liqueur?

With this recipe you’ll have a pretty strong liqueur, about 34-35% abv or 68-70 Proof perfect to sip slowly from a liquor glass. It also won’t freeze if stored in the freezer. You can always make it milder by adding extra sugar syrup.

How To Store Homemade Strawberry Liqueur?

Classic Strawberry Liqueur can be stored at room temperature in a dark place. But it’s best keep in the fridge or in the freezer for a few hours before serving as it tastes best when chilled.

How To Store Homemade Strawberry Cream Liqueur?

Strawberry Cream Liqueur should be stored in the freezer since it’s creamy parts makes it more delicate. It also thickens in the freezer so that you can almost eat with a spoon. You can take it out of the freezer a few minutes before serving to make it a little more fluid and easier to pour.

If you love homemade liqueurs, make sure to try Limoncello – the world famous Italian Lemon Liqueur.

strawberry liqueur recipe

Strawberry Liqueur {Creamy & Classic Version}

Delicious and fragrant strawberry liqueur is super easy to make at home. From the same base you can prepare Strawberry Cream Liqueur and Classic Strawberry Liqueur version.
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Course: Liqueurs
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 5 200 ml bottles

Ingredients

  • 500 ml alcohol 190 Proof/ 95 ABV
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries

For Sugar Syrup (about 1 ¼ cup)

  • ¾ cup water (180 ml)
  • 1 cup sugar (220 g)

For Creamy Syrup

  • ¾ cup sugar (165 g)
  • ¾ cup whipping cream (180 ml)
  • ¼ cup cup whole milk (60 ml)

Instructions

Macerate Strawberries

  • Rinse strawberries under cold running water, drain well and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Remove the stems and cut each berry into small dices. As an alternative you can cut them in thin rounds.
  • Place strawberries in a glass jar with airtight closing and pour in the alcohol.
    Make sure all stawberries stay covered with alcohol.
  • Let macerate for 10 days. It’s possible to macerate strawberries for as little as 5 days up to 20 days.
  • When you’re ready to make strawberry liqueur, prepare the syrup at least a few hours in advance.

Prepare Sugar Syrup

  • In a pot add water and sugar and bring everything to a boil. Mix well making sure all sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely.

Prepare Creamy Syrup

  • If you want to make strawberry cream liquore mix whipping cream, milk and sugar in a pot. Bring to a boil. Let cool completely.
    Place in the fridge for a few hours (optional but highly recommended).

Prepare Strawberry Liqueur

  • Strain strawberries macerated in alcohol. Lightly press with a spoon to extract all the liquid.
  • If you want to prepare only classic strawberry liqueur make sure to double the syrup and once it’s completely cool mix with strawberry alcohol.
  • In case you’re preparing both classic and creamy version, first divide strawberry alcohol in 2 equal parts. By weight you should get approximately 450 grams total or 225 grams for each of the liqueurs.
  • In one part of strawberry alcohol pour sugar syrup, in the other preferably chilled creamy syrup.
  • Mix well and bottle in sterilized glass bottles.

Notes

If you want to make only classic strawberry liqueur or only strawberry cream liqueur make sure to double the ingredients for sugar syrup or creamy syrup accordingly.
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Whether you prefer classic Strawberry Liqueur or Strawberry Cream Liqueur, when you try it once you will be making it every summer.

Cheers & Salute!

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Adam

Friday 24th of June 2022

Good polish alcohol Wesoły => translated to Happy :)

Italian Recipe Book

Friday 24th of June 2022

Ahah, you're so right Adam. It sounds very similar in my native language too - veselyi, so I surely understand)) Dziękuję za komentarz!