There’s nothing quite like a good cocktail to complete your meal or to enjoy with friends. But have you ever considered making your own infused liquors to take your cocktail game to the next level? Infused liquors are incredibly easy to make and can be flavored with a variety of herbs, fruits, and spices. Not only are they fun to make, but they also add a special touch to any drink you make.
Supplies You’ll Need
- Your spirit of choice (vodka, gin, and tequila work well)
- Fresh herbs, fruits, or spices
- A jar with a tight-fitting lid
- Cheese cloth or coffee filter
- Funnel (optional)
Choosing the Right Ingredients
The key to making delicious infused liquors is using fresh, high-quality ingredients. Depending on the flavor you’re going for, you can use an array of ingredients ranging from fresh berries to spices like cinnamon and ginger to fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme. Some examples of popular flavor combinations include:
- Strawberry and basil vodka
- Jalapeño tequila
- Citrus gin
- Cinnamon whiskey
The possibilities are endless! Choose flavors that you enjoy and experiment with different combinations.
The Infusing Process
- Begin your infused liquor by thoroughly washing and prepping your chosen ingredients. Cut any larger fruits or herbs to ensure maximum surface area.
- Fill the jar with your ingredients and pour in your chosen spirit until it covers the ingredients by at least an inch.
- Secure the lid tightly and place the jar in a dark, cool place. During the first few days, gently shake the jar each day to ensure the flavors infuse well.
- Allow the mixture to sit and infuse for at least one week, but up to a month for a stronger flavor. The longer you allow the mixture to sit, the stronger the flavor will be.
- Once the infusion process is complete, strain the liquid through cheese cloth or coffee filter to remove all solids.
- Transfer the liquid back into a clean jar or bottle and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- It’s important to use a clean jar to minimize any bacteria growth during the infusion process.
- When choosing your spirit of choice, be sure to select one with a neutral taste to allow the flavors of your chosen ingredients to shine through.
- If you’re using highly aromatic ingredients like fresh herbs or spices, use a smaller amount to prevent an overpowering taste.
- If you’re unsure how long to infuse your mixture, try it each day until you reach the desired flavor.
- To make the straining process easier, use a funnel to pour the mixture into your cheesecloth or filter.
Making your own infused liquors is a fun and easy way to add a unique spin to your favorite drinks. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to find your perfect combination. With a little patience and creativity, you’ll be able to take your cocktail game to the next level. Cheers!