How to Infuse Vodka with Herbs

  • 01 of 06

    Getting Started Infusing Vodka

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    Nicky Fabbrini

    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.

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  • 02 of 06

    What You Need to Make Your Own Infused Vodka

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    Nicky Fabbrini

    You need very little to make your own infused vodka.

    • 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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  • 03 of 06

    Adding Herbs to Your Vodka Infusion

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    Nicky Fabbrini

    In 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.

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  • 04 of 06

    How To Infuse Vodka

    Vodka infused with herbs
    Nicky Fabbrini
    • 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 2 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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  • 05 of 06

    Rosemary Infused Vodka and Tonic

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    Nicky Fabbrini

    There are many herbal cocktail recipes out there but here is one of my favorites:

    • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • 2 oz rosemary infused vodka
    • 5 oz tonic water

    Directions:

    Add ice to a highball glass, add rosemary vodka, lemon juice over ice and tonic water. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and lemon wheel.

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  • 06 of 06

    Dirt and Martinis

    Nicky Fabbrini with a glass of wine
    Nicky Fabbrini

    Nicky Fabbrini runs the website Dirt and Martinis. "My goal is to connect with people with the same interests and share resources needed to create a beautiful garden (no matter how big or small), cook yummy meals and, of course, mix the perfect martini." You can follow Nicky on Twitter ​​200 or Facebook