Realising that there are only a couple of months or so until the holidays (yikes), I snapped into action this weekend to get vodka infusing for those festive evenings. I have some ideas on the cocktails I will make but am hoping it is good enough to have alone. Until then, I will keep shaking the jar and checking it and every time someone says, “the holidays are nearly here”, I will smile remembering that this will be ready when the holidays arrive! This would also make a nice gift if wrapped nicely with a ribbon.
Ingredients (double/triple/etc to your liking)
200ml, vodka of your choice
75g, vanilla sugar*
Combine above ingredients and shake vigorously until sugar dissolves. Set aside in a dark spot for a couple of weeks shaking every day or two.
Remove raspberries after a few weeks and enjoy – maybe over ice cream or topping some creme fraiche or fromage frais.
Infused liqueur will be ready in 6 weeks to 2 months though it can be enjoyed before that or for 6 months or so after. It never lasts that long here but theoretically…..
* I keep Ndali vanilla sugar on hand that I have infused by placing a Ndali vanilla bean in a large storage jar and pouring granulated sugar over it. After a month or two, the sugar becomes scented and flavoured with the lovely vanilla. (I add any used vanilla pods I have after baking.) It can be used in baking, sprinkling over fresh berries, to spice up coffee or for a number of other delights.
Have you tried any infused vodka recipes? If so, how did they turn out?