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Homemade Strawberry Puree Recipe For Cocktails & Drinks

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.

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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.

Making a strawberry reduction

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:

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
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Zest
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt

Step-By-Step Directions To Make Homemade Strawberry Puree

Wash and cut fresh strawberries. If using frozen strawberries, defrost them before using.

Washing strawberries and chopping

Blend strawberries for 2 minutes until completely pureed. This will give it the nice smooth texture that you want.

Blending strawberries in blender

Add lemon juice, zest and salt. Blend for another 30 seconds.

Adding lemon juice and zest

Strain the mixture, through a hand strainer, over a bowl. This will prevent excess seeds and zest from getting into the puree.

Straining strawberry puree

Refrigerate it and add it to any cocktails for a fresh strawberry flavor.

Making a strawberry reduction

Yield: 3 Cups

Homemade Strawberry Puree Recipe For Cocktails & Drinks

Making a strawberry reduction

Make your own homemade strawberry puree for a sweet addition to any cocktail or summer drink.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 Cups Fresh Strawberries (stems removed)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut fresh strawberries. If using frozen strawberries, defrost them before using.
  2. Blend strawberries for 2 minutes until completely pureed. This will give it the nice smooth texture that you want.
  3. Add lemon juice, zest and salt. Blend for another 30 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture, through a hand strainer, over a bowl. This will prevent excess seeds and zest from getting into the puree.
  5. Refrigerate it and add it to any cocktails for a fresh strawberry flavor.

Notes

Kitchen equipment neeed: hand strainer, blender and bowl.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

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.

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[…] When we started making this moonshine, it became a tradition after going to the farm for picking strawberries. You can purchase strawberry puree at the store, but it will be loaded with preservatives. For the best taste, use a kitchen blender to make your own homemade strawberry puree. […]

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