Easy Alcohol Infusions...Genius

Conundrum: How to infuse liquor for tasty cocktails

This is one of our favorite things to do for gifts for friends around the holidays and for Summertime consumption. The natural flavors are so delicious compared to their artificial brethren.  In Portland, our tastes are tickled by the creative concoctions of mixologists around town. Here are a couple easy recipes to make at home.

Serrano-infused vodka

  1. Take 1 - 750 ml bottle of vodka and place 1 serrano chile into bottle. 
  2. Close and store for at least 2 weeks away from light and heat.  

Lavender-infused vodka

  1. Take 1 - 750 ml bottle of vodka and place 4-5 lavender buds into bottle. 
  2. Submerse in lavender in vodka.
  3. Close and store for at least 2 weeks away from light and heat.  

Looking for a good infused alcohol and cocktail book? This one by Susan Elia MacNeal is the one I keep on my shelf.

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Here are some inspirational drinks for your Summertime sipping

Lavender Lemonade

  • 2 oz of lavender vodka
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1/3 cup sparkling water
  • 1 lemon wedge or slice
  • 1 sprig of lavender for garnish

Gently stir together first three ingredients over ice and then add lemon and lavender for garnish.

 

Serrano Strawberry Squeeze

  • 1/2 oz of serrano vodka (to taste)
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 cup blended strawberry puree
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup (optional)
  • chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime

Mix first four ingredients together in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until your shaker is frosty and pour into martini glass, garnish with a slice of lime.

 

 

Round Ice Molds

These gorgeous and easy to use molds give you a 3" circular ice globe to pour your liquor over.  Functional and attractive. These are also a great gift addition with a nice bottle of whiskey.