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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Vanilla Bourbon Strawberries

I learned early, as a child, that if you dip a strawberry into a little sugar it tastes mad, crazy-good - and it makes a lovely syrup.  At the time I had no idea what the term 'maseration' meant...I thought I was a Little Miss Wizard of strawberries!!  Fast forward 30+ years:  I'm still mixing strawberries and sugar, except now it's vanilla sugar, and now I am adding bourbon to the equation.  Vanilla Sugar + Bourbon + Fresh Strawberries = THIS INSANE BOWL OF SPIKED BERRIES!!  (sorry for the caps....I'll try and contain myself.  I promise.  Pinkie swear.)



You can make your own vanilla sugar.....but when you see at HomeGoods for only 3 bucks, you buy a couple of bags.  Right?  Alternatively, if you have a real nice vanilla extract on-hand, you could use that along with sugar and bourbon.



I'd like to tell you all that S & I DIDN'T sit around one night and each eat a bowl of these berries, like a couple of prehistoric caveman-like savages....but that would be lying. They did make a wonderful  parfait with some ladyfinger cookies and whipped cream, but that hardly put a dent in my stash of spiked fruit.


We enjoyed bowls of vanilla bourbon berries all week, sometimes topped with a little whipped cream, sometimes just straight up (savages).


However you decide to put your strawberries to use, try the vanilla sugar and bourbon to put a sweet, boozy spin on an old classic.  If your looking for a more structured use for these berries, try making nutmeg biscuits, from this post, for a spiked spiced shortcake.  


Vanilla Bourbon Strawberries
makes 6 cups of prepared berries


3 pints (6 cups) of fresh strawberries
3 TBS vanilla infused sugar
2 TBS bourbon

Wash, dry, and hull the berries.  Slice into 1/4 inch thick rounds.  

Add sliced berries into a large bowl, sprinkle with vanilla sugar and bourbon.  Toss well to combine.  

Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 6 hours.  A syrup from the berries, sugar, and alcohol forms upon sitting.  Toss well to coat all the berries in the syrup.  Taste test, add additional sugar or bourbon to your liking if needed.    

The berries can be stored for several days, covered and refrigerated.   

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62 comments:

  1. Saw this on Marvelous Monday..... my kind of dessert and easy too!

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    1. Yes, a must-have for summer. Thanks for stopping by Deb!

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  2. of all the links, this caught my eye first! love it! pinned, thanks for linking to Marvelous Mondays.

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  3. Wow! This looks so-o-o good Kim! Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday,

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  4. LOVE this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned and definitely one of my favs so far. :)

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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    1. Thanks Diane....I'll be linking it to you on Friday :)

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  6. Did I hear Spiked Berries, count me in! lol...this looks delish! Thank You for sharing! I came over Serendipity You party and pinned onto my Good Eats Board!
    Have a great week,
    Lizy@http://justdipitinchocolate.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yuuuuuup!! Spiked berries, you're in!! Thanks for stopping by, Lizy :)

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  8. Wow Kim this looks amazing,,, oh I need to try this :)
    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays...

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    1. Thanks for hosting, Claire :)

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    2. Featuring and pinning this week at the hop, so yummy,,, thanks for linking up :)

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    3. Thanks so much, Claire!! I've just linked up for the week :)

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  9. Fruit tastes so much better when it's all boozed up! Nice job!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I agree! Strange, I prefer to drink beer & wine, I'm not a fruity mixed drink-drinker....I'm weird like that :)

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    2. Thanks for linking! I've been seeing this shared all over google+ this week.

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    3. It's funny.....I almost didn't publish this post. I am out of my element, in a temporary furnished rental, without my familiar props and favorite places to take my pics. I wasn't thrilled with the pics, but who knows? They berries were good though :)

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    1. Ha, Robin! Yes, not kid-friendly....sorry kids!!

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  11. Yum. This looks and sounds heavenly. What about bourbon and maple syrup...I recently learned how great this combo is.

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    1. I have never had maple bourbon in sweets or desserts, just in bbq, now that you mention it. It is good!!

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  12. Sounds like something I want to make and eat right now :-)

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    1. Thanks JoAnn! Depending on how much bourbon you use, you can eat & drink your dessert :)

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  13. OK, How come I have never heard of this?? Do I not have friends that share or what?? LOL!!

    Just pinned cause I am having some of these!! (and prob will not share either:))))

    Hugs

    And thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays!!

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    1. Evelyn, there's plenty of my berries to go around ;) Thanks for the pin, and sharing!!

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  14. those strawberries are gorgeous!!! I just posted my features for the week and YOU are part of them :o) Come on over and check it out. I'd also LOVE for you to pin, share on FB or +1 the collage that features your project... Lets get the word out!!! Please also grab a featured button too. thanks for linking up!
    http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/06/the-red-white-blue.html

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    1. How exciting, Emily!! Thanks, I will toot my own horn on all my social media outlets :)

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  15. Oh my goodness this looks and sounds awesome!

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    1. Thanks Denise...my hubs keeps asking me if we have any left :) Sadly, we do not.

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  16. I am the queen of alcohol in cakes, but I have never added it to fruit! I bow to the master....these look wonderfully delicious :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa!! The throne is yours :) cakes are waaaaay more complicated!! I'm more of a jester, anyhow :)

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  17. Would love for you to share this at my linkup http://myfashionforwardblog.com/all-things-pretty-13/

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  18. Stopping over from Cheerios and lattes to say that OMG this looks so amazing!

    We would LOVE for you to stop over to Super Sunday and link up with us ;) at Who Needs a Cape! http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/06/super-sunday-party-3/

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  19. Kim - these look FABULOUS !!
    I'm simply drooling now
    I can't tell you how great these look, and I have no doubt they taste heavenly

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  20. I love strawberry anything.
    And then I saw that bottle of Maker's Mark.
    Mmmmm. This dessert is right up my street, girl! :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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  21. This is awesome! I made these last night for my hubby! I am GF so I couldn't have any, but you should have seen his face when I told him what I did. They are in the fridge waiting for his dessert tonight! YAY! Thanks for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays. I am one of the hosts this month! I have pinned and am following! Thanks for stopping by http://www.organizedsahm.com

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    1. Oh boy! Aren't you sweet to make them for the hubs? Hope he likes them. Then, he'll have to make you a GF version!! Thanks Tara, see you tomorrow!!

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  22. I am so with you about alcohol soaked fruit. Yum, yum! This will be a feature on Thursdays Treasures

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  23. You had me at bourbon. :)

    You should stop by and add your links to my summer recipe round up! http://lifelovelibrarianship.com/summer-recipe-round-up/

    ~Visiting from Foodie Friday~

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth. I will check it out.

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  24. I just made some strawberry shortcake today but didn't even think about adding a shot of bourbon to my strawberries, I'll have to remember that for next time! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Treasures, I'm featuring you this week!

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  25. That looks like something you would get at a really nice restaurant! Beautiful presentation! Thanks for linking up at All Things Pretty. Hope you come back soon!

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  26. Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button. I will be tweeting and pining your recipe all this coming week.

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    1. Thanks Daine! Heading over now to check out all the links.

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  27. Wow, looks great! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #18!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com

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  28. These look amazing! Saw you featured on My Turn for Us and wanted to invite you over to our Foodie Friends Friday linky party!

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  29. So many delicious recipes, Kim! I didn't even know where to start! These vanilla bourbon strawberries look particularly delicious....I'm loving the vanilla infused sugar! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks Cathy! Same to you. I can't wait to finish looking through you posts!

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  30. I would have to make it minus the bourbon but they look absolutely amazing. I need to find some vanilla sugar, apparently I am missing out! Yummo :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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    1. Vanilla extract would be a good substitute :) I stumbled upon the sugar...I have been to lazy to make it, so it worked out ;)

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