I’m not much of a vodka drinker; it tastes too much like rubbing alcohol to me. However, when my cousin and I were vacationing in Savannah this past June we came across some infused vodka and it was amazing! Now, I’ve had infused vodka before: vanilla, pineapple and lemon – the standards. But in Savannah it was a delicious pickle infused vodka and I knew I just had to try and make some at home! This brings me to gift number six on my list: infused vodka. You can infuse vodka with just about anything: fruits, vegetables, spices, candy, anything. Today I am going to share with you three of the easiest (and tastiest) infused vodkas I’ve made.
- A bottle of good quality vodka
For Pineapple Vodka
- 1/3 cup pineapple, chopped
For Minty Cucumber Vodka
- 1/3 cup cucumber, sliced
- 2 sprigs mint, muddled
For Peppered Pickle Vodka
- 1/3 cup dill pickles
- 1/8 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 3 Pint sized wide mouth mason jars
- Cheese cloth
Cut up your foods. Put your chopped pineapple in one jar, your cucumber and mint in a second jar and your pickles and peppercorns in the third jar. Top off with vodka and infuse.
- Pineapple vodka should be ready in 1-3 days
- Minty Cucumber vodka should be ready in 1 week
- Peppered Pickle vodka should be ready in 1-3 days
That’s it! Once your vodka is infused to your liking strain it through cheese cloth and decanter; enjoy in mixed drinks or sip them straight!
The main thing to remember when infusing vodka is a 3:1 ratio of ingredients to vodka – no matter what size jar you use. Infusion time will vary depending on what you are using. Jalapeno peppers, for example, can infuse vodka in a matter of hours while something more mild like lavender can take up to three weeks. Just give it a sip every few days and strain it when it’s to your liking. Make these items gift worthy by straining into a pretty bottle or leaving in the jar and labeling them with instructions. I like to do the latter because I find it more fun to present it with the food still in the jar. Wrap the jars with two rocks or martini glasses as an added bonus. I’m sure there are at least a few people on your list that would love getting their own flight of infused vodka as a gift! Remember, the sky is the limit with this item! Be creative and get infusing!