That’s right – infused vodka. I was minding my own business this weekend when it hit me that there might be a way to turn every backyard bbq into something even more special. Something infused. So, I decided to try my hand at making some homemade infused vodkas.
Strawberry, pineapple, mint, pickle and jalapeno are my ingredients for this journey. Oh, and vodka.
the ingredients: vodka, jalapenos, pickles, pineapple, strawberries, fresh mint leaves and mason jars
you always have to wash the berries!
cut up the fruit into chunks, making sure to remove any inedible parts. the small pieces will make it easy to fill the jar with the fruit.
I added a hint of mint to my strawberry variety
pour the vodka over the fruit, filling the jar
screw on the lid carefully and secure tightly
repeat those steps as necessary for the rest of the varieties; I also made pineapple, pickle and jalapeno with a touch of strawberry
stick the jars in the fridge and wait! be sure to shake them once a day and give them a little taste after 3-4 days; it can take up to a week to get a good flavor for certain varieties but I’m told the jalapenos will only need 4 days to do their thing
The jalapeno/strawberry and pickle varieties will be great for bloody marys and I plan on using the strawberry/mint and pineapple for summer cocktails. Yum!
I started simple but from doing a bit of research (er, Googling) I found that you don’t have to stop at vodka; people infuse nearly every clear liquor (think gin, tequila) with everything from cucumber and mango to cinnamon and honey. So, go forth and infuse!