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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