Alcoholic Infusions

Infusing liquor is a great party idea, and makes a great gift for this holiday season! Whenever I am hosting a party I usually make a punch, buy some beer and wine, and call it a day. To bring unique flair to your party, try infusing your liquor! It will be perfect for shots and specialty cocktails!

As soon as November approaches, I go to one of my favorite Martini Bars, Clydz, for their Pumpkin Infused Vodka. I crave it! It is one of my favorite libations to drink this holiday season! Here are a couple great recipes for infused liquors. Impress your friends and family this season!

Fig, Vanilla Bean and Cardamom Infused Vodka

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  • I liter of vodka
  • 1 lb fresh organic figs (stems removed, cut in quarters)
  • 2 organic vanilla beans, split
  • 1-2 Tbsp. dried cardamom pods

Directions: Add all of the ingredients to a glass jar or bottle and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 week. Strain, and enjoy!

Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka

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  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 3 habanero chili peppers
  • 2 serano chile peppers
  • 1 liter vodka

Directions: Cook bacon in skillet and set aside to cool. Remove stems from the chili peppers, half, and add to a jar. Once bacon is cooled, add as well. Fill jar with vodka to cover the bacon and peppers. Let steep for at least 1 week. Strain and enjoy!

Minty Clementine Infused Vodka

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  • 750 ml (3/4 L) of vodka
  • 4 clementines, peel on, quartered
  • 1 lemon, peel on, quartered
  • Handful of whole cranberries
  • 1 small bundle of mint roughly chopped

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a jar or bottle and seal well. Refrigerate for at least 4 days, strain and enjoy! Will keep for months.

Peppermint Bark Vodka

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  • 5 oz. Candy Canes (10 mini candy canes)
  • 1/3-1/2 Cup Cacao Nibs
  • 1 ½ C. vodka
  • 4 Tbsp. of simple syrup

Directions: Crush the candy canes first, then combine the first three ingredients in a jar and close tightly. Shake well to combine. The candies will begin to dissolve. You can either strain them out or leave them in for a “snow globe” look. Add simple syrup to taste.

Coffee Bourbon

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  • ¼ C. Whole Coffee Beans, Smashed (preferably dark, espresso roast)
  • ½ vanilla bean, split
  • 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 ¼ C. Bourbon

Directions: Smash the coffee beans in plastic bags until roughly crushed. Put all of the ingredients in a jar or bottle and place in a dark, cool place. Shake the jar every couple days. Infuse for about 3 weeks or until you have reached your desired taste. Strain and enjoy!

Gingerbread Liqueur

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  • ½ C. Fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • A few pinches of freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ C. Blackstrap Molasses
  • ¼ C. water
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1/3 C. rum
  • 1 C. vodka
  • 1 C. Brandy

Directions: Bring all ingredients except the liquor to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring frequently. Cool and then pour into a quart jar. Add the rum, vodka and brandy and shake well to combine. After 2 days, strain. Then let sit for four more days and enjoy!

I hope you get to enjoy some of these delicious recipes! Or, buy some fancy bottles and give the gift of infused liquor this holiday season!




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