THE HARD 2 KNOCK DIVA’S Fragole Cello (Strawberry liqueur) RECIPE

Fragole Cello (Strawberry liqueur)

All of these liqueurs are easily homemade in the same way as limoncello. First, you simply soak fruit in vodka. Then, make a simple syrup (see easy recipe below) and combine with the fruit-infused vodka. Use rhubarb for a sweet-tart liqueur or cherry or strawberry for a sweeter adult beverage.  Drink it cold and straight as they do in Italy, or use it to make refreshing cocktails.

Fragole Cello (Strawberry liqueur)

Makes about 3 cups

1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and halved
1½ cups 100 proof Vodka (375 ml bottle or 12 fluid ounces)
1½ cups water
¾ lb. (1½ cups) granulated sugar

  1. Combine the fruit and vodka in a clean and sterilized nonreactive container, preferably glass or stoneware. Cover, place in a cool location and let stand 4 days or up to 30 days. Strain and reserve the infused vodka. (Discard the macerated fruit, or use to makeupside down cake.)
  2. While vodka is infusing, in a medium saucepan, stir together water and sugar. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and cool syrup to room temperature. Store syrup in a bottle in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Combine strained fruit-infused vodka and simple syrup in a sterilized 2-quart glass bottle or jar. Store in the refrigerator. Keeps indefinitely.

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