Last week I shared with you some of my favorite Spring Drinks. Well the weather has continued to improve, and with almost 70 degree temperatures, I have broken out the shorts and contemplating making the permanent switch to wearing sandals. With Spring getting even closer, I realized that I need to start preparing…
Last year, I shared with you some of the liquor infusions that I made. The bubblegum vodka and limoncello were delicious and will definitely be repeated this year. I learned a lot form these experiments, but the most important thing I learned was the importance of surface area. The more surface area that is exposedof the flavor you are trying to infuse, then the faster the flavor will infuse into the alcohol.
Infusing liquor takes some time, so in 2 or 3 weeks I will show you if these infusions work and what tasty drinks you can make with them!
First up is a what should be a spicy and sweet combination; Pineapple and red pepper! I filled a pint size mason jar with pineapple chunks (cut into about 1/4in wide pieces) and 1/2 tbsp toasted red pepper flakes. I filled the container with about 8 ounces of vodka.
Next up is the cool and refreshing cucumber melon. I have had cucumber water before, so I am imaging this spirit to have a clean and refreshing profile. I used a melon baller to extract the cucumber and honeydew. In the jar I stacked the honeydew followed bu cucumber and repeated until the jar was full. I then filled the jar with about 6 ounces of vodka.
and finally is cranberry, orange, and nutmeg combination. I used frozen cranberries that I cut in half. Using a knife I cut off the skin from clean organic oranges. In making limoncello, I used the skins of the lemon, so I am assuming the same principle will apply here. I grated the nutmeg directly in.I filled the container with about 8 oz of vodka.
I am keeping these jars in the beer drawer ( what is more commonly known as the vegetable drawer, but I store beer in mine) of the refrigerator for the next 2 weeks and will shake them up every few days. In a few weeks, I will share the results of this experiment with you.