Infused vodka is one of those things that seems really difficult and maybe a little snobby, but it’s actually stupid-easy. Making grilled cheese is harder than making infused vodka, I swear. For this recipe, the hardest part is waiting a week for the fruit to mingle with the vodka.
Infused Vodka Ingredients
- Enough fruit of your choice to loosely fill a mason jar (approximately 2 cups)
- Approximately 12 oz. of vodka (I recommend at least triple-distilled)
- A cool, dark place and patience
To make infused vodka all you have to do is wash and cut your favorite fruit, put it in a mason jar, and then fill the jar with vodka. Screw the top on the jar and leave in a cool, dark place for a week. Shake everyday, if possible. One week later, drain out the fruit and voila, you’ve got infused vodka!
I tried several different fruit-infusions: blueberry, lemon and strawberry. By far, the strawberry was the best. Below is the recipe I made with the infused strawberry vodka. I actually don’t usually enjoy vodka, one too many bad college nights, but this recipe made me a believer in the magic of the clear spirit.
Infused Strawberry Vodka Lemonade
- Two shots of infused strawberry vodka (recipe above)
- 6 lemons
- A handful of ice
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
Squeeze the juice from six lemons. Add the sugar and vodka to the lemon juice. Pour or shake over ice.
Tip: I like to put my drinks in mason jars with lids, so I can easily shake the drink. James Bond style.
This recipe will make 2 small-ish drinks or one large-ish. ;)
Did you have any special spirits over the holiday weekend?