Just three simple ingredients are needed to make these Strawberry Vodka Shots. Grab your favorite shot glass and serve these up at your next party. The strawberry flavor is so refreshing and pairs perfectly with the vodka!
Having good vodka is key for any shot, and I stand firm on that. What I love about this simple shot recipe is that's a simple way to make a refreshing drink that is fun to drink and fun to share.
Using fresh strawberries is what sets the taste apart from other shot recipes. You may need to strain out some of the strawberry "pulp" after putting it into the blender, but truth be told, I don't mind a few strawberry bits as they add flavor and taste.
Every time we've made these shots, they've always been a hit. It's because they're light and delicious and everyone loves the light pink hue and tone as well.
Ingredients for Strawberry Vodka Shots
Vodka - Choose your favorite type of vodka and add. This recipe is very forgiving in how it's made but using good vodka is key for flavor.
Fresh strawberries - Using ripe strawberries adds a wonderful flavor and a nice balance of sweetness from the natural sugars of the berries.
Simple syrup - This is optional to add but is a fun way to add another flavor quickly.
How To Make Strawberry Shots with Vodka
Step One: Mash strawberry in a cocktail shaker using a muddler.
Step Two: Add the vodka and simple syrup. Close tightly, shake.
Step Three: Pour into two shot glasses.
Lime juice - This easy summer cocktail would taste great with a little bit of lime juice or lemon juice added.
Change up the fruit - I'm a fan of strawberries, but you can easily make this with a raspberry or two, blueberries, or any other type of sweet fresh fruit.
Use a berry vodka - Did I mention that you're going to want to use the best vodka, and that can also mean flavored vodka? A splash of Tequila Rose is also a good idea.
Strawberry cake - For more of a strawberry shortcake flavor add in ½ ounce of heavy cream. It is so rich and creamy.
Full-sized cocktail - For a full glass of strawberry goodness put this into an old-fashioned glass and top with seltzer or lemon-lime soda. You may want to double the amount of strawberry puree.
Smoked strawberries - Make some smoked strawberries and use those in this recipe!
Can you make this into an actual cocktail recipe to serve?
You bet. This is delicious as a shot, but this would also be refreshing in a pitcher at a summer party. You'll need to find a balance of adding in more liquid to offset the vodka, so making it into a Strawberry Vodka Lemonade would be a great choice.
Just be sure to serve in your favorite chilled cocktail glass for the best flavor and taste! You can even add crushed or cubed ice to the glass to help chill it fast, and don't forget to pop in a cute little cocktail umbrella for looks!
Can you turn these shots into jello shots?
Jello shots for the win! You'll just need to stir in a little bit of gelatin to make these into jello shots. I like to add them to plastic containers with a lid so that I can grab one, enjoy it, and toss it in the trash.
You could also turn them into strawberry lemonade shots as well for this purpose. Just remember that making jello shots will require more prepping and more patience so that they are set up properly in the fridge. Plan on a few hours at a minimum from start to finish.
Do you add garnish to vodka shots?
You absolutely can! You can add a lemon slice onto the shot glass or even rim the shot glass with a little bit of sugar as well. It's up to you whether you want to add anything or not.
If you decide to make this into a cocktail, adding garnish is key! The lime or lemon wedges are great, or you could add slices of fresh strawberry as well.
Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh strawberries?
Absolutely. You'll need to be sure that you do a good job of straining the strawberries so that you don't have a ton of pulp remaining. The frozen strawberries are also good as they add a wonderful chill to the shot, making it easy to drink on a hot summer day!
Strawberry Vodka Shots
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 fresh strawberry stem and hull removed
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup optional
- Mash strawberry in a cocktail shaker using a muddler.
- Add the vodka and simple syrup. Close tightly, shake.
- Pour into 2 shot glasses.