Looking for new ways to incorporate the flavor of fruits, veggies, herbs, and even edible flowers into your favorite cocktails? Infused vodkas lend flavor to the spirit right out of the bottle, making straight vodka drinks more interesting and adding subtle undercurrents of taste to mixed beverages.
Choose the type and amount of vodka you want to infuse. Select a brand that could be drinkable on its own but isn’t so expensive that you won’t feel comfortable experimenting–there’s no reason to pay extra for a premium brand when you’re about to change its basic flavor! Any quantity of vodka will do, though you may want to start with a small amount on your first attempt, or when you’re trying a new or adventurous ingredient.
Choose your ingredient for infusion. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, berries: anything is possible. One Russian restaurant in New York City sells vodkas infused with tarragon, pepper, ginger, dill, oregano, and horseradish, in addition to more obvious infusions like cranberry, peach, and vanilla. Lavender, rosemary, thyme? Yes, please!
Seal your ingredient(s) with the vodka in an airtight container, refrigerate, and let sit. Sample periodically–when you’ve reached the right strength of flavor, remove the ingredients with a strainer, label the bottle, and you’re done!
Enjoy! Drink these vodkas straight, on the rocks or with soda water, or use them to form the basis of a superior cocktail (imagine a bloody mary made with horseradish vodka, or tea-infused vodka with sweet southern tea). The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
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