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Vodka Infusions

In Features on May 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Forget buying flavored vodka off the shelf.  Get creative and make your own vodka infusions! It’s easy, budget-friendly and makes great cocktails or as ice-cold shots for a dinner toast! Here are some combination I like, but anything goes, try some of your own.

Vodka Infusion Recipes

Start with 4 cups of premium vodka.

Raspberry-Orange 12 ounces (3/4 pound) crushed raspberries; 12 ounces (3/4 pound) oranges, unpeeled and sliced.

Cucumber-Mint 16 ounces (1 pound) cucumber, sliced; 12-15 mint leaves.

Lemongrass-Grapefruit 2 stalks lemongrass, crushed; 12 ounces (3/4 pound) ruby-red grapefruit, unpeeled and sliced.

Pepper Medley 1 serrano pepper, stemmed and sliced; 1/2 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and sliced; 1/4 habanero pepper, stemmed and sliced.

To Make the Infusions

Combine the flavorings and vodka in a jar or empty vodka bottle.  Close the container tightly and let stand at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.  The more mild combinations like Cucumber-Mint will need a little more time than the powerful Pepper Medley. Strain the vodka and discard any solids.  If there are any small solids left in the vodka strain again through a coffee filter.  Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.  The infused vodka will last for up to three months.

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