The Gin & Tonic is a favorite drink of mine and, while I do enjoy a good Vodka Tonic every now and then, it lacks a little flavor for my taste. Inspired by the falling leaves of autumn, I created this simple adaptation that features a special infusion that is perfect for the season.
The infusion is one of apple, pear, and cinnamon and it is very easy to make yourself. It can take about a week to get the perfect flavor and, if you notice, I add the cinnamon on the last day, right about the time that the fruits are perfectly infused. This is because cinnamon will take less time to impart its spice and if you add it at the same time as the fruits, it will overpower the other flavors.
Once you have the infusion, the Autumn Spiced Tonic is easy to construct. I like to add just a little simple syrup to sweeten it up a bit, though you can easily skip that and have a nice drink as well.
Also, you may want to add this infusion to other vodka cocktails, using it to bring drinks like the Cosmopolitan into the season, or as a substitute for straight apple- or pear-infused vodka.
- Pour the vodka and syrup into a highball glass filled with ice.
- Fill with tonic water and stir well.
- Garnish with an apple slice.
To Make Apple-Pear-Cinnamon Infused Vodka
- Cut the apple and pear into large chunks, about 8 pieces per fruit. Remove seeds for easy straining later.
- Pour the vodka into a large glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Add the cut fruit and shake well.
- Store in a cool, dry place for about 3-4 days, checking for taste and shaking daily.
- About one day prior to the perfect fruit flavor, add a cinnamon stick, recover and shake again.
- Allow to set for one more day and taste.
- Once the flavor is at your preferred level, strain out the fruits and cinnamon using a cheesecloth.
- Pour into a bottle with a tight-sealing lid and enjoy.