Drunken Strawberry Shortcake with Chocolate Mint Whipped Cream ~ #CAStrawberryShortcake ~ Savory Simple

Strawberry shortcake is such a classic, isn’t it? When California Strawberries asked me to come up with my own spin on the dessert, my mind immediately went to booze. I’m not sure what that says about me but I do feel that alcohol is often the answer. Am I right? So I went to the liquor cabinet and surveyed my options. Whiskey, rum, gin, red wine, champagne and vodka. While I do think that champagne would have also worked wonderfully in this dessert I settled on vodka. I knew it would infuse a strong, neutral boozy flavor that wouldn’t overpower the strawberries. Because if you can’t taste the strawberries, what’s the point?

Drunken Strawberry Shortcake with Chocolate Mint Whipped Cream ~ #CAStrawberryShortcake ~ Savory Simple

Next, I wanted in infuse an herb into the whipped cream. I contemplated basil or lavender but my heart kept returning to my new chocolate mint plant. Chocolate mint doesn’t taste very different from standard varieties, which can easily be substituted in the recipe. But the flavor is slightly different and reminiscent of an after dinner chocolate mint. There’s really only a hint of chocolate. I paired my drunken strawberries and chocolate mint whipped cream with a tender shortcake recipe adapted from Dorrie Greenspan. These delicate shortcakes have an amazing texture that work perfectly with the recipe.

Drunken Strawberry Shortcake with Chocolate Mint Whipped Cream ~ #CAStrawberryShortcake ~ Savory Simple


Drunken Strawberry Shortcake with Chocolate Mint Whipped Cream
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Serves: 5 strawberry shortcakes
drunken strawberries
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup vodka
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1½ cups heavy cream, cold
chocolate mint whipped cream
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup chocolate mint leaves, chopped (regular mint can be substituted)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
prepare the strawberries
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberries, vodka and sugar. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, depending on how strong you want the vodka flavor.
  2. Drain (save the flavored vodka for mixed drinks).
prepare the shortcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  3. Add the butter and use either a pastry blender or your fingers to incorporate the butter and dry ingredients. The pieces can range from pea sized to coarse cornmeal.
  4. Pour the cream into the bowl and use a fork to incorporate it into the dough. The less the dough is worked, the softer the final product will be. Kneed the dough briefly if necessary and a few additional tablespoons of cream may be added if it needs help coming together.
  5. Divide the dough into 5 balls and lay them out on the baking sheet several inches apart. Flatten slightly with your hand.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through.
prepare the chocolate mint whipped cream
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and chocolate mint leaves to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the sugar is just dissolved and remove from the heat. Steep for 20 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a small measuring cup. Make sure to press the syrup from the mint leaves to get the most flavor.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the heavy cream until it reaches a soft peak. Whisk in the chocolate mint syrup.
plate the dessert
  1. Slice the shortbread in half. Add a generous serving of the drunken strawberries followed by a dollop of chocolate mint cream. Serve at room temperature.
Shortcake recipe adapted from Dorrie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours


  • http://gottagetbaked.com Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    As soon as I saw the word “drunken” in your title, I rushed right over to read this post. I wasn’t disappointed – your strawberry shortcake is amazing! I love the twists you used (1 cup vodka, holla! And chocolate mint, yum).

  • http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/ Tieghan

    So awesome!! Just wow!! What a great idea!

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Gorgeous, love the infused whipped cream!

  • http://www.abrowntable.com Nik@ABrownTable

    This would perfect with tea or coffee!

  • http://sallysbakingaddiction.com sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Such a creative and fancy twist on the classic, but still keeping it simple, Jen – I love it! These are perfect for summer. Gorgeous pictures and yes, alcohol is often the answer!

  • http://www.bake-online.co.uk/ Jenny @ BAKE

    I love the sound of drunken strawberries! this whole dessert sounds incredible!

  • http://littlekitchie.blogspot.com Marie @ Little Kitchie

    So beautiful! Great little twist on one of the best summer desserts!

  • http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.com/ Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today

    I need to try california strawberries, I loved california oranges and I think I could say a difference with the one I eat in Europe (not californian). Shortcake with strawberries and alcohol – woha! :D

  • http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/ Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    LOL! Booze comes to mind? You crack me up! Can’t go wrong with a strawberry shortcake…especially a drunk one!

  • http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com Kelly

    Love your photos! This looks delicious! :)

    • cdm

      I like to marinate strawberries in amaretto! The flavor is amazing and would work well with the mint here. You also wouldn’t need to add the sugar.

  • http://www.fearlesshomemaker.com amy @ fearless homemaker

    Ooh, this sounds SO good. Love your idea of adding vodka, and I do think that champagne would be another fab option for the future. YUM!

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  • http://www.carlasconfections.com Carla @ Carlas Confections

    Alcohol is almost ALWAYS the answer. To any question ;) I love this!!

  • http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    This looks so incredible!

  • http://persnicketybiscuit.com/ Ann @ PersnicketyBiscuit

    Oh wow. What a great combination of flavors! And I love the idea of using the infused vodka for beverages later – will definitely have to try this!

  • http://www.bigbearswife.com Angie | Big Bear’s Wife

    that looks heavenly!

  • http://www.chocolatemoosey.com Carla

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had drunken strawberries before. I know. I’m pretty lame :D I’ll trade ya some of my shortcake for your shortcake.

  • http://www.breathelighter.wordpress.com Debra

    The title alone sucked me in! It looks amazing!

  • http://www.playfulcooking.com Kankana

    I tasted chocolate mint a couple of times in past and I find it so much like pepper mint. That is a great choice for the shortcake and with strawberry it would go pretty well. Lovely blend of flavor!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Wow, you just took my favorite dessert to a whole other level! This looks AMAZING, Jennifer!

  • http://www.noblepig.com cathy @ Noble Pig

    Oh man how I want this big fluffy dessert so bad! Beautiful!

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    How beautiful is this?? I haven’t had a good strawberry shortcake since I left the states. :) I must try making one at home. (as soon as strawberry season comes again to the southern hemisphere – we’re tired of winter already)

  • http://damndelicious.net Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Boozy shortcake?! I’m there!

  • http://traceysculinaryadventures.com Tracey

    Chocolate, strawberries and mint are three of my favorite flavors of all time so of course I love that you paired them here! Plus, boozy shortcake – sign me up!

  • Pam

    You had me at “Drunken.” Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!