Strawberries, basil, raspberries and peaches -- the summer is a great time for fresh produce and herbs. And while we love having these warm-weather foods to cook with, bake up or just eat as they are, there's another great use for these summertime treasures: infused liquors. Infused liquors are easy to make (infinitely better than any store-bought flavored liquor), they take just a couple of days to steep and they will vastly improve your cocktails. Check out the recipes below.

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  • Mixed Citrus Liqueur

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://foodpluswords.com/2012/02/mixed-citrus-liqueur/" target="_hplink">Mixed Citrus Liqueur recipe</a> by Food Plus Words</strong> Use whichever citrus fruit looks best to make this liqueur. Just be sure to use a mixture rather than just one type of citrus because it makes for a more interesting result.

  • Blueberry Liqueur

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/2011/09/09/homemade-blueberry-liqueur/" target="_hplink"> Blueberry Liqueur recipe</a> from Celebration Generation</strong> With the bounty of fresh blueberries available in the summertime, why wouldn't you make liqueur with them?

  • Strawberry Infused Vodka

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.shutterbean.com/2011/strawberry-infused-vodka/" target="_hplink">Strawberry Infused Vodka recipe</a> by Shutterbean</strong> In just three days you too can enjoy homemade strawberry vodka. It's so good you'll want to drink it straight, but it also works great in cocktails.

  • Basil Infused Vodka

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.baked-in.com/2012/03/26/basil-infused-vodka-2/" target="_hplink">Basil Infused Vodka recipe</a> by Baked In</strong> Herbal cocktails are very popular these days, and with good reason too. They add a new dimension to fruit cocktails.

  • Raspberry Vodka

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://expatgourmet.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/edible-gifts-raspberry-vodka/" target="_hplink">Raspberry Vodka recipe</a> from Expat Gourmet</strong> These little berries offer a lot of flavor, and color, to vodka. And this liqueur makes a great end of the summer gift, though you'll definitely want to make enough for yourself.

  • Rhubarb Liqueur

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://rougeandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2012/05/diy-rhubarb-liqueurvinegar.html" target="_hplink">Rhubarb Liqueur recipe</a> by Rouge & Whimsy</strong> Rhubarb comes and goes quicker than any of our beloved warm-weather fruit. But you can savor that flavor in your cocktails with rhubarb liqueur.

  • Berry Infused Vodka

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://vividplease.blogspot.com/2012/05/diy-how-to-make-berry-infused-vodka.html" target="_hplink">Berry Infused Vodka recipe</a> by Vivid Please</strong> If you can't decide between strawberries, blueberries of raspberries, don't. Use all three to make this great infused vodka.

  • Peach Liqueur

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lifecurrents.dw2.net/happy-hour-food/" target="_hplink">Peach Liqueur recipe</a> by Life Currents</strong> Peach is one of those fruits that just screams summer. And this recipe calls for both yellow and white peaches.

  • Lime, Ginger, Basil Vodka

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://liveitloveitblogit.com/2011/04/homemade-infused-vodka/" target="_hplink">Lime, Ginger, Basil Vodka recipe</a> by Love It, Live It, Blog It</strong> One you've got this infused-vodka made, you've pretty much got your cocktail ready to go. You can certainly add more flavors, but just a dash of club soda would do the trick.

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