Infusing vodka

I am almost always drinking either water, coffee or beer (in that order). Although I pretty much stick to those, I decided to branch out into vodka.

Having come across many resources for infused vodka, I wanted to give it a try. Now that I’m settled into a new and bigger kitchen and the temperature is increasing, I am grabbing infusions from my CSA and tackling this drink.

I first read about infused vodka from The Kitchn, which linked to a pepper vodka recipe by Emeril Lagasse. Twist my arm, this heat-seeking fan was on board! Then 10 secrets to perfect liquor infusions popped in my Google Reader. And drinks enthusiast Cavan posted a fun video about infusing (and drinking) vodka.

I made two flavored vodkas: Jalapeno and garlic vodka and cucumber and basil vodka. I plan to infuse more vodka in the future and think the sky is the limit for flavor combinations. Whatever flavor of drinks or tastes you like can work together. It’s a fun experiment that won’t go to waste either way.

Jalapeno garlic vodka and Spicy Bloody Mary

Jalapeno-garlic vodka

  • Slice 4 jalapeno in half and scrap out the seeds and white membrane (the spicy parts).
  • Peel 3 garlic cloves
  • Put into airtight container. Cover with vodka and place in fridge. Shake every other day to mix flavors.
  • Taste in about a week or continue for a few more days to your liking.
  • Strain vodka into a container to stop the infusion.

I have had this vodka in a bloody mary (awesome) and with a dirty martini. I plan on trying it with fresh-squeezed orange juice and think it would be great in lemonade.

Cucumber basil vodka and Cucumber basil vodka tonic with frozen blackberries

Cucumber-basil vodka

  • One handful basil leaves
  • Two peeled and sliced cucumbers
  • Put into airtight container. Cover with vodka and place in fridge. Shake every other day to mix flavors.
  • Taste in about half a week or continue for a few more days to your liking.
  • Strain vodka into a container to stop the infusion.

I tried this by itself and it was perfect. So cool and refreshing. I added tonic water and frozen blackberries and got a very refreshing and summer vodka-tonic. I think the cucumber and basil would compliment a lemonade nicely.

I really need to get some lemonade!

What cold adult beverages do you reach for on a warm day?