I became inspired to make cherry-infused vodka after being introduced to clementine-infused vodka during my trip to Natchez a few months ago. As soon as I spotted these deep red stone fruits perched in the produce aisle, I grabbed a bag and a mason jar and got to work.
The actual making of the vodka could not be easier. Fill a quart mason jar with pitted and sliced cherries, pour vodka over the top, and that’s pretty much it. However, waiting three weeks for the vodka to become infused with the cherries’ sweet flavor was an entirely different story. I liken it to a long car ride with a small child, The Husband asking every few days, “Is it ready yet? How much longer?”
While I do occasionally enjoy adding a splash of this to my Diet Coke, I wanted to create a concoction that was a little more fun. I found this recipe, but I absolutely hated the name.
So I changed it.
This is a very refreshing summertime drink. You may need to adjust the ratios to accommodate your preference. We felt like 2 ounces of vodka gave just the right about of cherry flavor without causing the room to spin after just one drink. For the strawberry puree, I whirred washed and hulled strawberries in my blender with just enough water until smooth; however, you could also use frozen strawberry daiquiri mix mixed with a can of water (I would suggest leaving out the tequila. That’s a whole ‘nother ballgame). You can use a pink lemonade mix if you prefer, but if you would like to make your own lemonade, check out my recipe here.
- 2 ounces cherry vodka
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- 3 ounces pink lemonade
- 3 ounces strawberry puree
- Sugar, optional
- Ice cubes
- Additional lemon and lime slices, for garnishment
- Combine first four ingredients in a shaker.
- Add additional sugar to taste.
- Fill mason jar with ice and additional lemon and lime slices if desired.
- Pour lemonade over ice and serve.