Thursday, June 17, 2010

Infused Vodka

Alright, back to booze. Some friends of mine recently introduced me to Hendrick's Gin, which is infused with cucumber & rose petals. Fancy, I know. I'm not a big fan of Gin though, I think it tastes like pine needles, and that's just not my thing. However, my friends made a cocktail with this infused gin & a ginger beer or really good ginger ale , and let me tell you, it rocked! The thing is, it's a pretty spendy spirit, AND I'm still not a big gin lover.

SO, I decided to come up with a few of my own infused concoctions, using good ol' vodka instead. My kitchen looked like a mad science laboratory yesterday, but the result is a few fantastically strange looking jars of snazzy vodka for all my cocktail desires! And it's so easy, you've gotta do it.

The first one, pictured above, is my ode to Hendricks. I put in the cucumber & rose petals, then I went a little crazy & added a hunk of ginger, a few peach slices, lemon zest, some mint & lemon verbena. Muah ha ha haaa! The crazy cocktail scientist is a genius!
This one is a citrus vodka. A bunch of lemon peels (make sure you cut it so there's no white pith left on the slices) and a jar of vodka, how much easier could it be?? I'm going to leave these in the fridge for a few days - I'm sure that's all I can wait - and let them do their thing, and then it's fancy pants cocktail time!

Give these a try or let me know what whacky combinations you come up with! I look forward to adding to my collection of mystery alcohol!



  1. Wow! These look fabulous!
    I have a recipe for one with chillies in, called 'Fire water' but I haven't made it yet! Sigh.

  2. If you added a bunch of sugar to the lemon one, it would be limoncello, just like my Italian dad used to make in random Mason jars.

  3. Just wanted to say I LOVE your blog. I'm posting about it on Sat. morn!!

  4. I just found your blog and I love it! I've been tinkering around with the idea or doing a pepper and chili flavored one, I think it would be perrfect with bloody mary's! I've also been thinking of maybe doing a vanilla flavored one with just vanilla beans.

  5. Joy: That sounds great! Time to try that one out!

    Melinda: I made my sister limoncello for her bday, it was delish!

    Kristin: Thanks so much! & thanks for the post!! Your blog is great, I'll be following! Some of your lovely followers have stopped by to say hello - I love cross blogging!!

    Little Pink Magnolia: Thanks!! I love your vodka ideas! (you had me at "vodka") The bloody mary idea is perfect. I just made a bloody mary mix, when I post that one I shall mention your idea! Thanks for stopping by!!

    Cheers to you all,