how to: make your own infused spirits

Recipes – These all make two large mason jars worth of infusions, and one mason jar of the strained, finished product.

Lemongrass Blood Orange Vodka: Three blood oranges, zested and juiced, and two stalks of lemon grass, bashed up a bit.  Add to the jars and fill to the brim with vodka. Goes great with Blood orange juice, a squeeze of lime, topped up with tonic.

Cucumber Lime Gin: Three limes, zested and juiced, one Persian organic cucumber, sliced thinly, skin on. Add to the jars and fill to the brim with gin. This is perfect in a gin and tonic; just add a bit more lime on top for extra tang.

Black Tea Lemon Vodka: Six black tea bags, the zest and juice of six lemons.  Add to the jars and fill to the brim with vodka. This lends itself perfectly to a spiked iced tea, or a boozy Arnold Palmer. I like it with black iced tea, a squeeze of lime, and topped up with ginger ale.

Strawberry Rosemary Vodka: One pint strawberries, quartered, and two sprigs rosemary, cut in half. Add to the jars and fill to the brim with vodka. This pairs well with lemonade, or just over ice with a splash or sprite or tonic.

Pineapple Ginger Jalapeno Tequila: One pound pineapple, cubed, one jalapeno, sliced and deseeded, and one inch long chunk of ginger, peeled and chopped. Add all to the jars and fill to the brim with tequila. You can make this spicy by leaving the seeds in the jalapeno, but be careful they’re strong! Use this to make the ultimate margarita, on the rocks with a salted rim and a wedge of lime.

Grapefruit Lime Gin: Four grapefruits, zested and juiced, and four limes, zested and juiced. Add all to the jars and fill to the brim with gin. I tailored this infusion specifically for my favorite summer cocktail, the Salty Dog. Usually made with vodka, a salty dog is a mixture of grapefruit juice, alcohol, and a bit of lime (complex I know!) Made with gin, it’s actually called a Greyhound, but that’s beside the point. I think the gin adds a depth of flavor to the grapefruit. Just combine your grapefruit gin infusion, some grapefruit juice, and a bit of lime, maybe topping it up with tonic if you want some fizz.

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