One of my favorite Christmas presents I made this year was infused alcohol. I made many different flavors. The sky is the limit – whatever flavors you like can be added to alcohol for a tasty treat.
They are so easy to make, and you can be super creative with it. I used vodka for all of these recipes, and I let them sit for 3 to 7 days. I put everything in canning jars, with lids, and shook them 2 to 3 times per day to ensure the flavors developed.
Rosemary Lime was one of my favorites. It has a fresh and clean taste. I used fresh rosemary sprigs, and one lime to a little over one half quart vodka.
Tip: remove the lime rind, or the only thing you will taste is rind. I had to remake a batch because I didn’t remove the rind at first.
Another favorite! This is just as fresh and clean tasting as the rosemary lime, but it’s more subtle. It’s dainty, and pure. I imagine a person would drink this while listening to classical music and reading Jane Eyre.
Again, I used fresh rosemary sprigs for this, as well as a few sprigs of dried lavender to a little over half of one quart of vodka.
This was a fun one! I dropped 5 unwrapped strawberry Starburst into a pint of vodka. They completely dissolve, and it turns milky pink. Not the neatest thing to look at, but it tastes like what it is.
You have to be careful with this one. I peeled two clementine oranges and added them to just under a quart of vodka. I then dropped in about 20 dried whole cloves.
This will burn your taste buds. I should have gone way easier on the cloves. Probably 5 or 10 would have been plenty.
The orange taste was good, but it left a very strong clove taste in your mouth for a long time after. It was REALLY good, but a little too strong.
As a huge fan of Fireball whiskey, I was expecting more from this. I know that Fireball has a lot of sweetener in it, and my cinnamon vodka did not. But I was expecting more flavor. I think this is an infusion that you could let steep for a few months.
Also, make sure you use quality cinnamon sticks. I put about 8 sticks in a quart of vodka. The sticks I used had been in my spice cupboard for a while. They were incredibly dried out, and didn’t look promising to begin with.
The flavor was good. Just not enough for me.
Epic Fail. Do not use mint leaves in your vodka infusions. Blech. I should have known better. I could have just dumped toothpaste in the vodka and it would have tasted the same. Not to mention the berries were tasteless, so they didn’t shine through at all.
If you want a minty vodka, use peppermint candies. Candy canes would work really well, or starlight mints. Do not actually use mint leaves.
I have to say, I will continue to make these throughout the year. Not only are they fun gifts, but they are delicious to make for personal enjoyment as well!