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Getting Started Infusing Vodka
Summer is upon us, and there are many excellent reasons to have an herb garden this time of year. Not only do herbs add fresh flavor, nutrients, and color to our meals they also add a sophisticated flavor and aroma to our happy hour cocktail. Trendy herbal infused liquors and aromatic vodkas are simple and economical to make at home. The delicate flavors of herbs, such as basil and thyme, can surprisingly transform your basic martini or cocktail. So, why not put your home bartending skills to work and impress your guests at your next cocktail party with herbal infused vodkas you've made yourself.
Infuse means to extract an ingredients dominant flavor by steeping and soaking. Although many spirits can be used to make an infusion, vodka is most commonly used because of its neutral flavor.
All you need is to follow a few steps, and in no time you will be creating stylish cocktails with a depth of flavor and flair. The following recipe makes 2 cups of infused vodka and can easily be doubled. My recommendation is to start off by preparing small batches and experiment with several different herbs until you find the concoction you like best. Use your favorite herbs and let your taste buds be your guide.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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You need very little to make your own infused vodka.
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- Pint-sized mason jars with lids or other air-tight, glass jars
- Several sprigs of your favorite herb or herbs
- Vodka -- The better the vodka, the better the finished product, though you might want to use a cheaper version while you are experimenting with flavors
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Adding Herbs to Your Vodka Infusion
In a clean and dry pint size mason jar or another glass jar with a lid, add several sprigs or branches of your favorite herb that been washed and air dried.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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How to Infuse Vodka
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- Pour vodka over the top making sure the herbs are completely immersed and then seal with a tight-fitting lid. Shake gently.
- Store out of direct sunlight and after two days check the vodka for flavor. If it isn't strong enough, let it infuse another day up to one week. Shake gently daily.
- After the infusion process is finished, strain the vodka through a coffee filter or strainer to remove the herbs.
- Pour into a clean jar or pretty decanter and store the vodka in refrigerator or freezer.
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Rosemary Infused Vodka and Tonic
There are many herbal cocktail recipes out there, but this one is a favorite:
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz rosemary infused vodka
- 5 oz tonic water
Add ice to a highball glass, add rosemary vodka, lemon juice over ice and tonic water. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and lemon wheel.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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