Strawberry shortcake has to be one of my all time favorite desserts. I’ve been a strawberry fan since I was a little girl and prefer eating the fresh berries and shortcake with some fresh whipped cream to eating a slice of chocolate cake. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some chocolate cake, but give me a pint of strawberries and I’m one happy girl. 😉
Since I set out on a quest to create some unique moonshine recipes (like my Spiced Cranberry Moonshine Recipe and Caramel Apple Moonshine Recipe), I knew that once the strawberries came back into season, I wanted to try my hand at making a Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine. This one took some trial and error. Once strawberries are boiled down to a strawberry simple syrup, they lose their tartness. I finally decided to try thinning down some strawberry jam to get that tartness back. A splash of fresh lemon juice helped too.
3 lbs fresh strawberries, halved
2 cups of sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups of club soda
600 ml moonshine
1 cup strawberry simple syrup (recipe below)
4 Tbsp. strawberry jam
Extra club soda, for jam
Pour half the strawberries into a medium bowl. Pour 1 cup of sugar on top of the strawberries. Pour the remaining strawberries on top and then add the remaining sugar. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
When the berries are ready (after they’ve been in the refrigerator for 24 hours), add to a large saucepan, add in the 1 cup of strawberry simple syrup and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
While the strawberries are cooking, in a small saucepan over low heat, add the strawberry jam and a splash of club soda. Warm until the jam is a syrupy liquid.
Remove the strawberry simple syrup + berries from the heat and strain the juice into a large bowl, discard the strawberries. Let the juice come down to about room temperature. Add in the jam syrup, lemon juice and club soda. Add in the moonshine. Stir to combine.
In a small mason jar, add 2/3 moonshine mixture, 1.5 oz Cake Vodka and 0.5 oz of Whipped Vodka. Refrigerate till cold. Enjoy!
Quick Strawberry Simple Syrup
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
6 strawberries, cut in half
Add all ingredient in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cook for about 20 minutes to incorporate the strawberries. Strain out the berries.
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