Homemade Strawberry (Ellestad) Recipe

From correspondent Erik Ellestad

I recently tried a Strawberry Liqueur I made this spring and thought it turned out really well. Very smooth and not too sweet.

I had about 3 or 4 pints of strawberries and as I washed them and cut them, I put them layer by layer into a 1.5 L jar. I added about 1/3 c sugar per layer. When I had the jar most of the way full of strawberries and sugar, I filled it close to the top with 80 proof vodka. Steeped for about 3 weeks, then filtered and rested. I ended up with probably 3/4 liter of liqueur.

I based it on the recipe below, though probably used more strawberries, less sugar, and less vodka. Another factor might have been the strawberries. They smelled great; but, were early season and a little acidic and watery thanks to all the rain we got this spring.


Units of measurement (unless stated otherwise)
1 cup = 8 ounces = 236ml
1 quart = 32 ounces = 944ml
1 tbsp (tablespoon) = 1/2 ounce = 15ml
1 fifth = 25.6 ounces = 750ml
1 tsp (teaspoon) = 1/6 ounce = 5ml
1 pint = 16 ounces = 472ml

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