Strawberries are officially in season and what better way to take advantage of this than by making some fresh strawberry extract? Strawberry extract will be the perfect addition to desserts, fruit salads, and to some ice-cold drinks and smoothies this summer to cool off!


  • 8oz fresh strawberries
  • 8oz Everclear 195% 


  1. Rinse and pat dry strawberries.
  2. Remove the stems and discard.
  3. Slice the strawberries.
  4. Place strawberries in quart size mason jar. 
  5. Fill mason jar with Everclear making sure that strawberries are submerged.
  6. Allow strawberries to extract for 2 to 3 months depending on your preference of flavor.
  7. If you want a stronger flavor you can add another 4oz of fresh strawberries and wait another month or two.
  8. Strain the remaining strawberries (they will be mushy) and throw them away.
  9. Place the finished extract in your favorite bottles or jars.
VanillaPura Pro


Can I use freeze dried strawberries, and if so measurements of the freeze dried strawberries and alcohol kind and amount please.
Thank you.

— Brenda Kleemann

I live in Canada and I was wondering what would be the Canadian equivalent to Everclear? Also I was wondering if I could use freeze dried strawberries? Thank you 😊

— Celine Beaudette

Hi Serrina,

Not sure why your strawberries would have been hard. If submerged in the alcohol, they should be mushy and soft.
— VanillaPura Pro

My strawberries were hard not mushy. I used fresh ones and everclear, did I do something wrong? Its been sitting for 3 months.

— Serrina

Hi Memee, If you would like a stronger flavor of strawberries you can change them out at 1 month intervals according to your preference. Store in a cool, dark, and dry place for best results. Extract shelf life is about 3-4 years when stored properly.

— VanillaPura Pro

I would like to try this but, how do you store it once it’s done? Do you have to take strawberries out and put new ones in?

— Memee

When using fresh or frozen fruit a higher alcohol is called for because of the dilution from water in the fruit. We recommend using Everclear or rum at 195% alcohol. If you are using frozen fruit, drain any excess water before adding it to your alcohol. Extracts do not need to be refrigerated. If kept in a cool dark place they can last several years. Over time you will notice the flavor weakening. Happy Extracting!

— VanillaPura Pro

Making strawberry extract with frozen strawberries, do I need everclear or just vodka

— Nanc

Dont toss the drunk strawberry mush; use it in an adult smoothie or fruit slush.

— Susan

Hi! Is there a shelf life and am I correct you don’t need to swap out the fresh fruit? Thanks! ♥️

— Esther Karl

Do you switch out old strawberries for new within that 1-3 month period?

— Joanne Kelly

Yes, how long will it last? And does it need to be refrigerated???

— Sofia

Can I use sliced frozen strawberries?

— Jenel George

It states to put the finished extract in your favorite bottles or jars. How long will this last? Can you “can” it for storage?? I would love to make some now for the holidays.

— Wendy

Sounds amazing!! Doing it tomorrow!!

— Mary Reeder