Recipe for Liquore alla Fragola (Strawberry Liqueur)

March 9, 2016  |  By Peg Kern
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Recipe for Liquore alla Fragola (Strawberry Liqueur)

A tasty strawberry liqueur on an Italy cooking vacation.One of my favorite memories of when I lived in Italy was of the homemade aperitivi and digestivi that every self-respecting Italian seems to have in his or her home (and many restaurants had in their cellars). One of my favorites, and one that is most evocative of Spring, is a delicious “liquore alla fragola,” or strawberry liqueur. When I used to spend Easters in Sardinia, it was made from wild strawberries gathered and macerated in alcohol, then eventually blended with sugar.

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Liquore alla fragola I don’t have the original recipe from my youth, but this version is pretty close! Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Liquore alla fragola

Ingredients:
18 oz. vodka
12 oz. strawberries
8 oz. sugar mixed with 4 oz. water to make simple syrup
one long peel of lemon zest

Learn more about Italian appertivi and digestivi.

Wild strawberries Preparation:

Clean the strawberries well, removing the stems. Dry them, chop them coarsely, and put them in a glass jar with the vodka. Seal the jar and leave to macerate for a month, shaking the mixture a few times a week.

Strain the liqueur, keeping the strawberries in a jar in the refrigerator to add to desserts or cocktails.

Wild strawberries Make the simple syrup by cooking the sugar and water over low heat until the sugar is dissolved (do not allow the mixture to caramelize). Remove from heat and add the zest. Let cool completely. Remove the zest, and mix with the strawberry-infused vodka.

Put in an air-tight bottle or jar and let age in a cool, dark place for a month.

The liqueur can be served cold or room temperature as an aperitif or digestif, or can be mixed in cocktails, with wine to make a “spritz,” or added to sparkling water.

Learn more about Italian liqueurs including sambuca and limoncello!

By Peg Kern

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