Do you love strawberry-inspired cocktails but don't know how to make them yourself? Have no fear because this guide is here to help! In this article, we will teach you everything you need to know about making strawberry puree for drinks.
Not only will we discuss the different methods for preparing strawberry puree, but also some of the best recipes for using it. So before preparing your next strawberry cocktail, you'll want to check out this ultimate guide.
What Is Strawberry Puree?
Strawberry puree is a thick, smooth sauce made from strawberries. It can be used in various ways but is most commonly used as a mixer for cocktails and other drinks because of its refreshing flavor. So whether you're looking for a refreshing way to cool off after a hot day in the sun or want to impress your guests with a strawberry-inspired drink, using strawberry puree is the perfect way to do it.
Is Strawberry Syrup The Same As Strawberry Puree?
No, the strawberry syrup is not the same as strawberry puree. Strawberry syrup is a thicker version of strawberry puree, while strawberry puree is made from fresh or frozen strawberries that have been mashed or blended into a smooth sauce. While both can be used to sweeten drinks, strawberry puree will have a more intense strawberry flavor than syrup and is more versatile in terms of recipe options.
Can I Make Strawberry Puree Myself?
Strawberry puree that you can typically purchase in the store can be full of additives that can not only add an aftertaste to your drinks but can completely change the flavor of your drink. This is why it's such a great idea to make strawberry puree yourself.
By blending fresh strawberries in a food processor or blender, you can make your own version of strawberry puree. However, it's important to note that the quality of your puree will depend on the quality of your strawberries. So if you want to ensure the best results, be sure to use fresh, ripe strawberries.
The only downside to making your own strawberry puree is that it will take a while and can change the taste of your own drink, depending on the amount of sweetness you add to your mixture.
Homemade Strawberry Puree For Drinks Recipe
Unless you use a high-quality strawberry blend for your drinks, like our handcrafted, fresh Strawberry-Pomegranate blend from Mixly, you likely will want to make Strawberry puree yourself. Here's a quick recipe to make strawberry puree for your drinks.
- 1 pint Fresh Strawberries
- Lemon Zest
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Dash of Salt
- 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
First, you'll want to cut up and wash your fresh strawberries. If you've purchased from the store, make sure to let them soak in vegetable wash before using. If you've decided to use frozen strawberries, make sure they've defrosted before blending them.
Next, add your pint of strawberries to a blender. You'll want to continually blend the strawberries until they have turned into a puree. This can take anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes, depending on the machine you're using.
Next, add salt, lemon juice, sugar, and zest to the mixture and blend for another 30 seconds until it's thoroughly mixed together. From there, you'll want to strain the mixture to ensure you're getting rid of the zest and seeds. Make sure to let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before using it in your cocktail of choice.
How Can I Store Homemade Strawberry Puree?
If you have any leftover strawberry puree after making it yourself, you can store it in the fridge for a few days. However, remember that because it's made of fresh ingredients, it's not going to be fresh after 3 to 5 days.
However, if you want to store it for longer than that, you can freeze it. To do so, simply pour your strawberry puree into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once they are frozen solid, remove them from the tray and store them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Frozen puree is only good for up to three months, so make sure to use it within the proper time frame to ensure it's still fresh!
Top Cocktail Recipes With Strawberry Puree
Once you've made your strawberry puree, it's time to start using it in delicious cocktails! Here are a few recipes that will help get you started.
Nothing says it's time to party like a strawberry margarita. These drinks are known for being refreshing and flavorful, making them perfect for any occasion. If you want to make your own, grab your strawberry puree and follow this recipe below!
- 1 cup Strawberry Puree
- 1/2 cup Silver Tequila
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Lime Wedge
- Margarita salt
First, you'll want to prepare the outer rim of your glasses. Take a lime wedge and rub it against the upper outer edge of your cocktail glasses. You can then roll it around in a margarita salt mixture, coating the entire rim. Set those glasses aside now that they're prepared.
Next, add your strawberry puree, tequila, sugar, lime juice, and orange liqueur into the blender until it's completely smooth. Depending on how strong you want your drink to be, you can add more or less alcohol if needed. Finally, add the mixture into your margarita glass and enjoy!
If you're not a huge tequila fan but still want to enjoy a strawberry drink, strawberry daiquiris made with rum are a perfect option for you. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this delicious cocktail in no time at all!
- 1 1/2 cup strawberry puree
- 4 ounces rum of your choice
- 5 ounces simple syrup
- 1 lime, completely juiced
You'll want to add your strawberry puree, rum, syrup, and lime juice into your food blender. Make sure to blend at least 15 seconds until it's completely smooth.
Once it's done blending, you can pour it into your cocktail glass and add extra lime slices or strawberry slices as desired.
Strawberry Gin Mojito
If you love the taste of strawberry and mint together, you're going to love strawberry gin mojitos! These refreshing drinks are perfect for any summer party or get-together and a fun twist on the classic mojito.
- 1/2 cup strawberry puree
- 5-ounce gin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon sugar syrup
- Tonic water
Add your strawberry puree to a blender, as well as the syrup, lemon juice, tonic water, and gin. Allow it to blend for 30 seconds before pouring it into your glass. Next, strain the mixture into your cocktail glass and add mint leaves as well as a few ice cubes to complete the cocktail.
Strawberry Puree Mimosa
Make brunch even better with strawberry puree mimosas! These drinks are perfect for any special occasion or weekend gathering and are sure to please everyone.
- Strawberry puree
- Champagne or prosecco
For this recipe, you'll want to use one part strawberry puree to two parts champagne or prosecco. Simply pour the strawberry puree into a Champagne flute and top with your chosen sparkling wine. If you want, you can also add a strawberry slice or two for garnish. Enjoy!
There you have it! A few delicious strawberry puree cocktails and recipes that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you're looking for a drink to serve at your next party or want something refreshing to sip on during the summer, these recipes are sure to please. So what are you waiting for? Get started and enjoy!
If you're looking for an alternative to strawberry puree or don't have the time to handcraft your own cocktails, build a cocktail with one of Mixly's mixers. All mixtures are created with high-quality ingredients that include freshly-squeezed juices and honey to provide a refreshing cocktail experience every time. Try out our strawberry pomegranate flavor today if you want to try something different than your average cocktail.