There’s nothing better than a summer cocktail to enjoy as the weather warms up, and I’m always craving one with strawberry. Sweet and juicy strawberries are the perfect fruit to blend and add flavoring to cocktails. You can refrigerate or freeze this homemade strawberry puree recipe and conveniently use it for bartending. It’s the base of my Strawberry Lemonade Moonshine and the flavor can’t be beat.
Strawberry Puree that you purchase in the store can be full of additives. Those additives can change the flavor and add an aftertaste to your drinks. Making your own puree from fresh strawberries isn’t difficult and offers a big difference in taste. You’ll also be able to adjust the sweetness with the sugar you add.
Originally, I was making my homemade strawberry puree for cocktails and springtime entertaining. Strawberry season starts in May and I would kick off summer with some entertaining at home.
Once we realized how delicious it was for cocktails, we used it for “mocktail” recipes as well. The kids enjoy non-alcoholic strawberry lemonade and I even make our own popsicles with it.
After you’ve tried the homemade version, without additives, you’ll never go back to the store-bought version. It’s simply that good!
How To Make Homemade Strawberry Puree For Cocktails
There are few pieces of kitchen equipment that you’ll need to make your puree. You’ll need a great blender (I like my Ninja Blender), a hand strainer and a bowl. Having the right equipment will make all the difference to get the job done. You can store your finished puree in an air-tight container or squeeze bottle, depending on refrigeration or freezing.
What Recipes To Use Strawberry Puree In
The best part of strawberry puree is how great it accompanies almost any liquor that you want to use. You can make a Strawberry Margarita with tequila or you can do a daiquiri with white rum. It’s delicious and refreshing to use it in cocktails during the warmer months. Here are a few ideas to try:
- Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash
- Strawberry Lavender Daquiri
- Strawberry Mimoas
- Virgin Strawberry Pina Colada
How To Store Fresh Homemade Strawberry Puree
Place any leftover strawberry puree in an airtight container. You can use it within 3-5 days in stored properly in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. Just let it thaw in the refrigerator before using it.
What You’ll Need From The Grocery Store (Or Farm):
- Fresh Strawberries
- Lemon Zest
- Lemon Juice
Step-By-Step Directions To Make Homemade Strawberry Puree
Wash and cut fresh strawberries. If using frozen strawberries, defrost them before using.
Blend strawberries for 2 minutes until completely pureed. This will give it the nice smooth texture that you want.
Add lemon juice, zest and salt. Blend for another 30 seconds.
Strain the mixture, through a hand strainer, over a bowl. This will prevent excess seeds and zest from getting into the puree.
Refrigerate it and add it to any cocktails for a fresh strawberry flavor.
- 4 1/2 Cups Fresh Strawberries (stems removed)
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- Pinch of Salt
- Wash and cut fresh strawberries. If using frozen strawberries, defrost them before using.
- Blend strawberries for 2 minutes until completely pureed. This will give it the nice smooth texture that you want.
- Add lemon juice, zest and salt. Blend for another 30 seconds.
- Strain the mixture, through a hand strainer, over a bowl. This will prevent excess seeds and zest from getting into the puree.
- Refrigerate it and add it to any cocktails for a fresh strawberry flavor.
Kitchen equipment neeed: hand strainer, blender and bowl.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g
**Nutrition facts are calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.