I had a lot of raspberries, some watermelon and cherries sitting in my fridge and couldn't decide what to do with them so I thought I'd make some fruit-infused vodka. Of course you can buy them in the store, but trust me those don't taste nearly as good as what you can make at home.
Sure you need a little patience, but it is so totally worth it!
What you need is a bottle of decent vodka, some sugar, fruit like raspberries, watermelon, cherries, blackberries etc., maybe some mint leaves and a few empty jars.
For the Raspberry/Mint Flavor:
Rinse the raspberries and a few mint leaves, put them in a jar, add 2 tbsp of sugar and then top off with vodka until all the berries are covered, close the lid and shake lightly so all the sugar dissolves. Store in the fridge for about 4 to 5 weeks and it's ready to use.
For the Cherry Flavor, wash your cherries, cut in half and discard the pit, then add them to the jar with the sugar (you can leave that out if you don't want it) and proceed the same as with the raspberry flavor)
So all in all I made 3 flavors:
And for Labor Day I made myself a refreshing drink!
Add a few ice cubes to a glass, a shot and a half (or so) of the raspberry vodka (that all depends on how strong you like your drink) add a few of the drunken berries, a spritz of lime, and top of with tonic water!
Delicious and very refreshing! Also the vodka tastes GREAT just as a shot as well!
Try it, it's easy and adds some personality to your vodka. On top of that you'll get to brag on how you made an Artisan Product!
And if you use medicinal herbs to soak in the alcohol along with the fruit, you'll get some medicinal value out of it as well. Goji Berries, jujubes, longan fruit, mint and chrysanthemum are all good to soak with some fruit!
Thank you for the tip! I'll try to do that sometime soon.... PS: the leftover fruit work well in a Adult Smoothie!
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